The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale

  • Title: The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale
  • Author: Ying Chang Compestine Sebastia Serra
  • ISBN: 9780525420682
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Runaway Wok A Chinese New Year Tale When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead his parents wonder what they ll eat for dinner But then the wok rolls out of the poor family s house with a skippity h
    When a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they ll eat for dinner But then the wok rolls out of the poor family s house with a skippity hoppity ho and returns from the rich man s home with a feast in tow With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generositWhen a boy goes to the market to buy food and comes home with an old wok instead, his parents wonder what they ll eat for dinner But then the wok rolls out of the poor family s house with a skippity hoppity ho and returns from the rich man s home with a feast in tow With spirited text and lively illustrations, this story reminds readers about the importance of generosity.

    • The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale BY Ying Chang Compestine Sebastia Serra
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    About Ying Chang Compestine Sebastia Serra


    1. Ying Chang Compestine was born and raised in China The spokesperson for Nestle Maggi Taste of Asia products and a national authority on Chinese cuisine and culture, she is the author of three cookbooks for adults, eight picture books for children, and one young adult novel She lives in California with her family.


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    1. This book was on hold at the library and I just got it a few weeks after Chinese New Year. I loved this story based on the Dutch folk tale The Talking Pot. Ming and his family are one of the poor people. Like Jack, Ming trades a bowl of eggs for a rusted looking wok that he hears singing. It turns out to be a good trade. The story has a lot of do with poverty and wealth and not sharing our riches. The wok evens the playing field. The wok is good luck for one family and bad luck for another. This [...]

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    2. Ming's family is poor, even though Poppa works for the richest man in Beijing. When Ming's mother sends him to trade for food, he comes home with a battered old magic wok. Soon after Mama washes the wok, it rolls down the street to the rich man's kitchen, where it loads up on every bit of food they have, and skips back to Ming's house. Ming's family unloads all the food, and the wok rolls away again, back to the rich man's house. This time it loads up all the toys. In the wok's third trip, it ta [...]

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    3. The storytelling has a fun cadence, and the illustrations are tantalizing, especially of the food. I was a little surprised at how blithe the story is about the wok stealing everything from the rich family and then making them disappear. It makes all of the people happier, and they don't really know what the wok is doing necessarily, so it's not as strong an endorsement of theft and kidnapping as it could be, but it still may not be the best message.

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    4. This was a decent story. It was a blend of the Grinch, Peter Pan, and Jack and the Beanstalk. I enjoyed it.

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    5. Have read this one twice now for storytimes on Chinese New Year (big event in our area) and will probably use it again.I love the illustrations. Bright and colorful and actually a lot going on in the pictures. I love myths and legends, so this Chinese interpretation of a pretty classic set-up was a lot of fun. And I enjoyed all the aspects of Chinese New Year traditions which were included. Made for a fun discussion with the kids - the special foods, dancing, gifts, etc.The biggest downside is t [...]

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    6. I give this book a 5 star rating.This book is about the Chinese New Year celebration of Ming and his family. His family can't afford to celebrate the New Year in the proper way because their dad's boss Mr. Li has scammed them. When Ming goes to trade his families last eggs for rice, he meets a older man who wants to sell him a special Wok. Ming decides to do this and this Wok makes his families New Year the best one yet. The Wok helps get all the things that Ming's family doesn't have by stealin [...]

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    7. A cooking vessel plays the role of Robin Hood in this fable set in Beijing during the New Year festival.Liked: the cultural setting and details in text and illustrations.Disliked: Repeated descriptions of the rich man's son as "chubby Lan." Given that the unsharing rich family does not redeem itself but is simply exiled, the story creates an implicit association between chubbiness and being a bad person. It is not the dominant message but it's there nonetheless, and I can't endorse fat shaming i [...]

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    8. The Runaway Wok is a book about a magical wok who helps a poor family in Beijing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The poor family wants to bring in the New Year by celebrating with their friends and family, inviting them over for a feast, and sharing their fortunes and toys with them. One day, the mother sends her young son to the market to trade the last of their eggs for a bag of rice in order to make fried rice for the celebration. On his way, though, a old man with a rusted wok convinces h [...]

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    9. 1. Culture or group portrayed: Asian (Chinese, set in Beijing).2. Book information: Compestine, Y. (2011). The Runaway Wok: a Chinese New Year Tale. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.3. Summary: It’s Chinese New Year, and the Zhang family wants to celebrate with their friends, but they are short on money. They send their son, Ming, to market with the last of the eggs so that he can buy some rice. At the market, however, Ming is distracted by an old man with a broken-down wok, which speaks to [...]

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    10. Compestine, Ying Chang. (2011). The runaway wok: a Chinese New Year tale. Dutton Children’s Books. New York, NY. Text to Text: This was definitely a spin on Jack and the Beanstalk, though I really enjoyed the different twists of how the wok produced results for the family. Like Jack’s Mom, the mother in this story was disappointed with her son’s choice…until the wok brought back food for the Zhang family. Reader’s could also make comparisons to the Gingerbread Boy and the running away [...]

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    11. This is an incredible book centered around Chinese cultures and traditions. I learned a lot about the Chinese New Year and its customs myself, from this book. It starts off with the poor Zhang family who is trying to scrounge up some rice to share with their neighbors for the Chinese New Year. They send their son to the market to sell eggs for some rice. The illustrations are incredible showcasing a Chinese market and traditional decorations. The boy ends up buying a rusty wok from an old man in [...]

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    12. I will read this book after the reading and talking of “A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story”, and make sure all students have the background information of Chinese New Year. The beginning for the new book will start with a review, “Do you remember the Chinese New Year’s book? What did we talk about the celebrating when we are reading that book together?” then I will let students to share their opinions about true meanings of Christmas Day and Chinese New Year, “What is the more imp [...]

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    13. Inspired by the Danish folktale The Talking Pot, The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale is a new folktale about a boy named Ming growing up in Beijing. It is Chinese New Year, and although his parents work for the richest man in Beijing, Mr. Li, they have no money to have a Chinese New Year feast of their own. Ming brings his family's last two eggs to the market to trade for some rice, but is sidetracked by a large, handle-less wok. He brings the wok home instead, where it magically reverses t [...]

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    14. “The Runaway Wok” tells a fictional Chinese New Year tale about the happenings in a village during the holiday. It tells of a poor man who works for the richest businessman in China who sends his son to the market to trade their last eggs for a bag of rice to eat with friends. However, the son ends up bringing home an empty, but magical, wok that changes their fortunes while the rich greedy man essentially gets what he deserves. I would use this story to help the students dive into the conce [...]

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    15. I picked up this book at the library because of the cover art (yeah, I'm THAT kind of reader), but I was not disappointed by the story! "The Runaway Wok" is about a poor family on New Year's Eve that is struggling to have enough food to share in the celebration. Ming is supposed to go to the market and trade the last of the family's eggs for some rice. Along the way the little boy gets distracted by a peddler and trades the eggs for a rusted wok with no handle. There's something special about th [...]

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    16. The setting of this is very Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-esque in terms of a boy sent to market who trades his goods for something seemingly worthless--in this case, a singing wok. I'm all about magical dishware, but the wok goes back and forth between this poor family's house and the dad's boss who is very wealthy and stingy. Rather than magically making things or telling the poor family a better way to live or something, it just steals all of the rich family's stuff and reallocates it like a rusty R [...]

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    17. This is a fun folktale about Ming, a young boy who brings home a "magic wok" instead the rice his family needs. Bay Area author Ying Chang Compestine weaves this story in the tradition of folktales, but this is a fresh spin inspired by the Danish folktale “The Talking Pot”. Ming’s family is startled when the wok suddenly sings out, “Mother, make me shine so bright/ and you shall have food to share tonight.” After Mama Zhang polishes the wok bright and clean, it hops down and skips off [...]

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    18. This book was another book that won the Washington State Children's Choice Picture Book Award. The pictures were a great depiction of the chinese culture and very detailed and colorful. The book was about a poor family in china that wanted to have a new years party but didn't have much to give and the little boy finds a magic wok and it takes from the very mean and cruel rich family in town and gives it to the poor. The book is very humorous and and it's very cultural and tells the story of the [...]

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    19. Robin-hood meets the Gingerbread Man in this fun tale about a magic wok who takes from the rich to give to the poor. It's catchy refrain, "skippity-hoppity- ho! To the rich man's house I go," reminds me of the Gingerbread man story (Although the wok is not necessarily running away). It makes for a fun read aloud. What is interesting about this book is that, in the midst of the stealing that is going on, it's main message is in the sharing. The author uses the story as a vessel to explain the tra [...]

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    20. When Ming (son of a poor man working for a very rich man) is sent to trade eggs for rice, he comes back with a (magic) wok. In Robin Hood style, the singing wok steals from the very rich man providing the poor family all they need to celebrate the New Year with all the accoutrements. This tale tells of the cultural heritage of Chinese New Year through a clever (historically European) tale. Compestine, Y. C & Serra, S. (2011). The runaway wok: A Chinese New Year tale. New York, NY: Dutton Chi [...]

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    21. “The Runaway Wok” tells a fictional Chinese New Year tale about a poor family that send their son Ming to the market with a basket of eggs. Ming traded his eggs for an old wok instead of fried rice. This is a multi-cultural storytelling for a preschooler group. The illustration is bright, pleasant and very colorful. The wok had no handle for cooking ware, but a magical wok. After Mama Zhang washed and shined set on the table the wok "skippity-hoppily-ho!" went to the rich man house it went. [...]

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    22. A fun, whimsical story (that will remind kids of Jack and the Beanstalk, the Gingerbread Man, and others), that is a great introduction to the Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year). There is some extra information with details in the back, so students can learn more about Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions.I understand some people may not like the Robin Hood feel of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, but I think kids will see a message of a rich man not paying his employees wel [...]

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    23. The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine is a retelling of the Dutch story The Talking Pot. The story is moved to China and set around the Chinese New Year. Ming is sent to town to buy some food but comes home with a beat up but magical wok instead.In previous magical pot stories I've read, the pot is always full. This one, though, has a life of its own and goes in search of food from those who can spare it but don't want to share. The wok seeks out a rich man's table and comes home with a feast [...]

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    24. Read this just in time to share with a kindergarten class before Chinese New Year next week! The story is about Ming's poor family wanting to celebrate Chinese New Year but having meager supplies to share with friends and neighbors. Ming is sent to town to trade a few eggs for a bag of rice, and like Jack trading for the magic beans, Ming trades for a singing wok. Only in this story everyone in the family can hear the wok and it provides a fabulous feast, riches, and gifts which Ming's family sh [...]

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    25. Caution not read this book when you are hungry OR haven't had your favorite Chinese take out in a while!! When I first began reading "Runaway Wok," the chant the wok says throughout the story might lead the reader to initially believe this is a take on "The Gingerbread Man." Instead, you could say that the character of the Runaway Wok is a lot like a Chinese Robin Hood. He does everything he can to meet the needs of the poor while taking away from a family of selfish people throughout the book. [...]

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    26. Such a sweet and clever children’s book that helps express the act of sharing that is so important during Chinese New Year’s.

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    27. I actually read "The Runaway Wok" a year ago with my 5th grade students. We chose the book, read it, deconstructed it, and turned it into a play for the class to perform. It was a big hit! The kids liked the cute, whimsical illustrations, as well as the funny little wok, with a spirit for adventure and thievery. The tale is pretty straight-forward and simple, but the message of sharing and friendship rings true. The author even adds a recipe for "Festive Stir Fried Rice" at the back of the book [...]

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    28. Ming's mother sends him to town to trade their last few eggs for rice, but along the way he meets a little old man who asks him to trade him the eggs for a rusted old wok. Just as Ming is wondering why he would ever make such a trade, the wok begins to sing! Ming makes the trade and hurries home with the wok. His mother isn't happy with him, naturally. When the wok sings out to clean it and his mother does, wonderful things happen!I plan on sharing this book with Kindergarten as they learn about [...]

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    29. This is a variation on the Danish tale "The Talking Pot" and is a lot of fun. The runaway wok is so Extra -- I kept thinking the story was over and then it kept going.The illustrations set it in an older China (fitting, giving the folktale style story), so the visual cues gave me a very different feel than a lot of the Chinese New Year picturebooks I've read recently, many of which have a contemporary (and often Western) setting, even though the protagonists are still Asian.The clean, colorful, [...]

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    30. A fun fast paced story about a young boy and the trading of needed items for a silly magic wok that actually has powers that will benefit a generous person. This is an enjoyable book that teaches a moral lesson as well as shares customs in the Chinese community and includes a recipe.Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended bookAvailable from OCLS in print.

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