This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals by Brian Tse

This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals

Written by Brian Tse
Illustrated by Alice Mak

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This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals by Brian Tse

**Winner of the 2015 Parents' Choice Award**Rabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us with the wonders that enrich our lives.Created by internationally renowned children's book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature's influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture both the majesty of the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.


What could make a more beautiful palace than nature? Drawing attention to a natural world that is too often ignored, an architect named Uncle Builder shows a handful of animal friends that their forest home is worthy of a king. The awe of a cute rabbit and his companions will be shared by children as they read, lift flaps, and gaze in wonder at the Forbidden City in Beijing, learning about Chinese history and culture. -Foreword Reviews This was a beautiful story. I have never been to the Forbidden City, but this story makes me even more interested in visiting it someday. This story brings together Chinese proverb and tells the story of the building of this amazing city. I read it to my daughter and she loved how the story was told by animals in a fun and interactive way. The story teaches while entertains and was fun for the whole family! -Dad of Divas blog This book combines history of one of the greatest landmarks of all times with the value of nature preservation and how important it was for these builders to use natural elements. It show your child that when you take care of nature, it can last hundreds of years or more! -Parenting Healthy blog These characters will entertain even the youngest readers. They won't feel like their learning. The author has done a fabulous job of making this simply a fun read. China Institute, the publisher, is a non-profit educational/cultural institution. These books will certainly bring their company & their cause into the limelight. I highly recommend, whether or not you homeschool, that you purchase this series. China institute was founded by educators & they certainly know, not only education, by children as well. You will not be disappointed! -Devoted Mommy of 3 blog This little gem of a book is an elegant package that can be read on several levels... The images are beautifully illustrated with soft hues and the double-page fold out at the center that depicts a typical Quinming Festival during the Ming Dynasty has incredible details. There are numerous explanations at the front and back of the book that supply additional information and background about the Forbidden City, which a teacher or parent could read, as appropriate. This would be a wonderful addition to any collection that needs more multicultural titles but it will take special care to introduce children to the finer, more intricate and sophisticated qualities of the book. -School Library Journal

About the Author

Brian Tse and Alice Mak are beloved the world over for their heart warming and educational stories for children. They are the creators of the iconic cartoon characters McMug and McDull, who have been featured in numerous award-winning works including books, comics, television shows, and movies.Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.

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44 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 6 years


Brian Tse
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China Institute Gallery, China Institute in America

Publication date

14th October 2014



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