Yangyang the city boy is going to the Lotus Town with his parents. They are going to celebrate Grandma's birthday. The market in the morning is so dazzling! Yangyang saw the market's vegetable vendors, wine dealers, firecracker sellers, and even people performing on stage. Yangyang had so much fun! The picture book presents the richness of Jiangnan culture.
The 1st Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Zhou Xiang
- Illustrator：Zhou Xiang
- Publisher：21st Century Publishing House
- Age Range： 6-12
- Publication Date：06-2006
This picture book can be read as well as explored. We can read the unique ambiance in Jiangnan's water town. We can explore the morning market with the boy in red at the turn of pages. The full-page spreads, enriched setting, and multiple characters present the hustle and bustle of the morning market. Brief texts are mostly conversations expressive of humane warmth and beauty. The illustrator focuses on the depiction of meaning, and illustrates with freehand brushwork instead of realistic description. If there could be more depiction on details that children concern, the repeated reading and detail identification would be more enjoyable.
Song Pei (Part-time Instructor of Chung Yuan Christian University and National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan; professional in Art history, Art appreciation and Analysis of Children's Picture Books)
Zhou Xiang was born in Fengxiang, Shanxi in 1956. He graduated from the Nanjing Arts Institute and is currently working for the magazine Oriental Baby 《東方娃娃》as the Chief Editor. In 1992, he participated in Chinese Contemporary Picture Book Illustration Exhibition, organized by the Japanese and Chinese Children's Literature Art Exchange Centre and CBBY China Branch. Since 1987 he has won numerous children's literature awards in China. In 2006, his most recent book, A Morning Market in Lotus Town《荷花鎮的早市》was published in Japan and China.