This is my latest book where I retell two traditional Chinese fables – The Magic Fishbones which is an early Cinderella story. It first appeared in Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang by Duan Chengshi around 860.
The other story is The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd.
It is one of the four great fables of China. It is a love story celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar called the Qixi Festival when lovers look up to the heavens.
The illustrations are by David Allan. They are beautiful and delicate and remind me of woodblock prints.
The book is dedicated to my mum, who used to tell me Chinese fables when I was too young to read.