There are many people in the park, some singing, some shopping, some playing games, and some picnicking—but Xixi is the only one sitting. Why doesn't she come to play? Everyone is curious, is Xi Xi? Uncomfortable? Is she unhappy? Can she can't hear? At the turn of each page, we will discover the reason ofwhy Xi Xi would rather sit and do nothing than play in the bustling park.
The 1st Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Xiao Mao
- Illustrator：Li Chun Miao & Zhang Yan-hong
- Publisher：Haiyan Publishing
- Age Range：3-8
- Publication Date：12-2008
This work is like the lens of a camera that eloquently tells us “what's happening” with the shift of long shots, distant shots and medium shots. The author subtly uses succinct words to position Xi Xi in the middle of all the overlapping stories, therefore an exact focus in the whole story. The illustrator, on the other hand, brings readers to involve in the ongoing activities during the same period of time with Xi Xi's friend (the other girl). The detailed description of every child's activities in pictures further strengthens the relationship between text and image, and exemplifies childhood imagination and humor.
Sandra Lee (Lecturer of the National Center for Montessori Education – New England, US; Early childhood education professional)
Born in Huangmei, Hubei, Xiao Mao is a member of the Chinese Writers' Association. He has published over 60 children's books, including major works such as Xiao Mao's Fairytales 《蕭袤童話》, The Courier Horse 《驛馬》, Xixi 《西西》and The Frog and the Boy 《青蛙與男孩》. He received a Soong Ching Ling Children's Literature Award（宋慶齡兒童文學獎）, a Chen Bochui Children's Literature Award（陳伯吹兒童文學獎）, a Bingxin Children's Literature Awards（冰心兒童文學新作獎大獎）, the Feng Zikai Children's Picture Book Award 2009, and a Chinese Publishing Government Book Award（中國出版政府獎圖書獎）. His work is appreciated by his readers because of its “unrestricted imagination and masculine humour infused with wisdom”.
Born in Tongchuan, Shanxi in 1982, and a graduate from the Design department of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2003, Li Chunmiao has worked at Xi'an Sun Baby Illustration Design Co. as an illustrator of children's books. She is now the director of the drawing department. Her works are frequently published in various young children's magazines in China, including Children's Illustrated 《幼兒畫報》, Child Development Illustrated 《幼兒智力開發畫報》, Baby World 《嬰兒世界》, and Doodle Bear 《嘟嘟熊》. Her contributions to illustrated books include work in In the Rabbit's Radish 《兔子蘿裏》, Rice Adventures 《米粒歷險記》, Xi Xi 《西西》and others.
Born in Hebei in 1979, Zhang graduated from the Design department of the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 and has then worked for Xi'an Sun Baby Illustration Design Company. She specializes in research and training of children's picture book illustrations and has trained up a force of professional illustrators for the company. Her works are frequently published in various children's magazines in China, including Children's Illustrated《幼兒畫報》, Child Development Illustrated《幼兒智力開發畫報》, Baby World《嬰兒世界》, and Doodle Bear《嘟嘟熊》. Her finest work includes Xi Xi 《西西》and magazine series The Red Kangaroo《幼兒畫報》.