Eighteen Vats of Water
As long as he can remember, Xian has wanted to be a great calligrapher, like his father.
When he turns six, he’s finally old enough to start studying. Calligraphy is more than writing—it’s painting—and Xian learns how much work and creativity go into what look like effortless strokes.
Based on stories still told about Xian and his father, famous calligraphers of the 4th century, Eighteen Vats of Water is about determination, creativity, and learning how to see, as well as the importance of family traditions.
|Grade 2 - Grade 5
|Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
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Author: Ji-li Jiang
Ji-li Jiang is the author of Red Scarf Girl, an award-winning bestseller based on her memories of surviving the Cultural Revolution in China. She has since written picture books featuring Chinese folklore and history.
Illustrator: Nadia Hsieh
Nadia Hsieh uses art to tell stories. Her previous book, Eighteen Vats of Water, told a traditional slice of Chinese history. In Picnic Planet, she literally takes us out of this world.
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“An elegantly crafted, inspiring tale about the fine art of dedication.”—Booklist