Author: Arlene Mosel
Illustrator: Blair Lent
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Year: 2007
Brief Summary: This retelling of the ancient Chinese folktale explains why sometimes it’s advantageous to have short names.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, 1968 Winner Illustration United States
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Educators’ Top 100 Children’s Books, 2007 ; NEA Survey
Notable Children’s Books, 1968 ; ALSC American Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
State Provisional Reading List:
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award, 1987; Nominee
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Discuss folktales and read alongside other Chinese folktales in the collection.
- Read other books about unusual names — Chrysanthemum, My Name is Yoon, My Name is Not Isabella, etc. http://www.amazon.com/mostly-Pictures-Books-about-Celebrate/lm/R37FF2M85E42BJ
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library