In the Forbidden City

Chiu Kwong-chiu, trans. from the Chinese by Ben Wang, illus. by the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop. China Institute in America (Tuttle, dist.), $19.95 (52p) ISBN 978-0-9893776-0-7
Readers receive a lavish tour of the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors and now a museum, courtesy of Chiu and the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, which he founded. Delicate line drawings highlight the architectural intricacies of the nearly 178-acre complex (several foldout spreads emphasize its size) while Chiu examines the Ming and Qing dynasties in thorough detail, along with major events in the palace’s history. (In one foldout scene, 24 emperors offer pithy, even brusque notes on their reigns—“I was entirely unaccomplished,” says Emperor Longqing.) A magnifying glass is wisely included to help readers appreciate the wealth of visual detail. Ages 9–up. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/06/2014
Release date: 10/01/2014
Genre: Children's
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