Eighteen Vats of Water

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.---from the publisher

32 pages                                978-1954354067                                  Ages 7-11

Keywords:  calligrapher, determination, family, father/son, Asian culture, creativity, how things work, heritage, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old

Note:  Winner of the 2022 Freeman Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult’s Literature on East and Southeast Asia! The book has also been recognized as a 2023 Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a joint project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council. A beautiful story about cultural tradition and the hard work artistry demands, the book deserves a wide readership.


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