THIS IS THE GREATEST PLACE!

The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals

This is the Greatest Place! Book CoverRabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us
with the wonders that enrich our lives. Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture the majesty of both the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps. The creators of the book, Brian Tse and Alice Mak, are beloved the world over for their heart warming and educational stories for children. They are the creators of the iconic cartoon characters McMug and McDull, who have been featured in numerous award-winning works including books, comics, television shows, and movies. The translator of the book, Ben Wang, is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions. His lectures on and translations of Kunqu dramas have been reviewed and acclaimed three times by The New York Times, and in 1988 he received the National Prize in Literature Translation from the National Literary Association of Taiwan for his translation into Chinese of Growing Up by Russell Baker. The editor of the book is Nancy S. Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art and Chair of the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Steinhardt is also the Curator of Chinese Art at the Penn Museum.

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Brian Tse, author Alice Mak, illustrator Ben Wang, translator Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor $12.95 hardcover $14.95 (CAD) ISBN-13: 978-0-9893776-2-1 October 2014 Children’s Ages 4–9 9 ¼” x 8 ¾” 44 pages Published by China Institute in America

This is the Greatest Place! is a colorful book with adorable illustrations of baby animals that teaches about the Forbidden City in an entertaining way. It’s a fantastic book for the younger crowd and a wonderful introduction to the basics of the Forbidden City.

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