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Hsin Yu Sun
Hsin-Yu Sun was born in Taipei and received her M.F.A. from NTNU. She has published over twenty picture books in ten years. Her title One Day in Beijing won the 2015 Bologna Ragazzi Award. A Tour of Hong Kong is the sister book. Her best-known works are all pure illustrated stories, including Traveling Around Paris, Traveling Around Hong Kong, Going Home, and others. Some of her works have been translated into English and other languages.
The spread of the covid-19 changes the world. This is a collection of 16 short stories in the world during the pandemic times. Telling the stories that happened in different countries, such as the solidarity baskets in Naples, the piano van in Hong Kong, the rooftop gardens in New York, and the drive-in theaters in Seoul…etc. Spanning from March 2020 to May 2021, in every two pages for one scene in a city. Speaking from the children’s perspective with gentleness and, through the stories, Zhou has show us the love and vitality of human spirit in pandemic. For the children who has been though or still suffering for the “changes” in the ordinary life, the book shall invite the kids to speak out their feeling and their difference in such a difficult and unforgettable period of time in the world.
A story about in and out of the circles. How do people define a close or distant relationship? Many people often judge others by stereotypes and exclude someone unconsciously. By using the same phrase that “knock knock knock, can I come in?”, the author Nian told us a story of rejection and acceptance. Although the one may look or act differently, it can also be a special and beautiful exist in our world. By using different colors of the circles, and a big wolf’s view as the outsider, the readers shall find more amusing elements in the picture. Other than Hsin-Yu Sun’s other titles with detail depictions, the illustrations in here is more toward young readers and shall be able to appeal all the kids coming into her world.