The Tale of Ping Pong PigVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Storytelling Session by SARAH BRENNAN, Author & Writer Ambassador for Room to Read
2:00pm Storytelling and quiz
It’s 1420, and the mighty Yongle Emperor loves every inch of the brand new Forbidden City, but most of all he loves PORK! Enter Ping Pong Pig, a plump, pretty and altogether delicious pig, and her nemesis, the Minister of Most Important Things! Will Ping Pong achieve her life’s ambitions, or will they be cut short on a Ming Dynasty platter? Fine out in this crackling tale of trickery, camouflage and porcine pursuit!
As with all of the Chinese Calendar Tales, the story highlights some fantastic Chinese culture and history. The Pig occupies the twelfth position in the Chinese zodiac. People belonging to the “Pig” are diligent, compassionate, and generous. When they set a goal, they will devote all the energy to achieving it. In this very last Tale in the series, The Tale of Ping Pong Pig is a story with lots of fun and hidden jokes included, and it is once again brilliantly illustrated by Harry Harrison, Hong Kong’s famous award-winning cartoonist. Let’s come to join us for a fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, games, and more at Asia Society Hong Kong Center with author Sarah Brennan.
Sarah Brennan is a Hong Kong-based international author and publisher of Chinese Calendar Tales as well as the hugely popular Dirty Story series. A featured author in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing International Literary Festivals since 2004, Sarah conducts regular reading tours, workshops and weeks in residence in schools in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Australia and the UK. Her books are now also distributed in the United States and Canada.
Sarah’s particular mission is to bring Chinese culture, history and landscape to young English speakers everywhere through the medium of humor, verse and funny illustrations, while at the same time giving children living in East Asia stories that relate to their own heritage. She also believes passionately in rich vocabulary and intelligent text for primary school children: “dumbing down” is her particular bête noir. As a result, her books can be read on many levels and are popular among children aged as young as 5 and as old as 12.
A committed Writer Ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in ten developing countries through its Literacy and Girls’ Education Programs, Sarah shares: “The great Horace Mann once said that ‘A house without books