The event took place at the Linton Village College. There were eight tables in our room, and pencils and paper available on each. There was a lot of spontaneous drawing of dinosaurs!
After a very brief introduction, we moved on to three key activities. The first two were from Dong Yanan’s book.
Activity 1: Cross the Dinosaur Mountain – looking for creatures in the mountains
Activity 2: Spot the Difference
The third activity was a puzzle about the names of dinosaurs. Each group had a packet with pieces of paper relating to eight dinosaurs: a picture of the dinosaur, its scientific name, the meaning of its scientific name, its Chinese name, and the individual characters in the Chinese name. Could the groups arrange the pieces of paper into eight groups? No problem! I’ve created language/translation based activities like this one before, and it’s amazing to see how people approach the task in very different ways.
Most groups started with Triceratops, because they know (or can guess) that it means “three horned head”.
When they see how the Chinese names for dinosaurs are constructed, they can then invent their own. And here is the first picture ever of the Tesanyilong 特三翼龙 the “special three-winged dinosaur” created at the Linton Children’s Book Festival on 19 February 2018.
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Meng Yanan’s picture book Happy Mid-Autumn Festival (孟亚楠：《中秋节快乐》) won the gold prize in the 2016 Bronze and Sunflower Picture Book Awards 青铜葵花图画书奖. Congratulations to Meng Yanan, and Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to everyone! Continue reading →
Bing Xin 冰心 (1900-1999) is a major figure in Chinese literature, and the Bing Xin Children’s Literature Award 冰心儿童文学新作奖 is one of the four major Chinese literature awards. This month, one of Bing Xin’s most famous works, The Little Orange Lantern 《小橘灯》，was featured on Brigitte Duzan’s website Chineseshortstories (including the memoir -essay in Chinese, her translation into French, and the background to the story). Inspired by Brigitte’s post, I have created a similar version for English readers here. Continue reading →
Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 is one of the most important Chinese festivals. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese calendar, and is a celebration of the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. In other words, it’s the full moon we see in September or early October, known in English as the Harvest Moon. Continue reading →