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Feb 05 2017

The busy tailor crab by Bingbo

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Ill. by Gumi. Starfish Bay Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781760360412
(Age: 6-10) Recommended. Written by award winning Chinese author Bingbo, The Busy Tailor Crab follows a famous tailor crab who is a thriving business man stitching clothes for the other animals; that is until he sews a pair of pants for caterpillar. Paired with Gumi's illustrations, pictures are detailed with attention to the little things - markings on the insects, visible text on Tailor Crab's pin-boards . . .
Amongst Bingbo's text and Gumi's illustrations, The Busy Tailor Crab is a book of many messages including problem solving, how to run a successful business, fairness, negotiation and flexibility, how to treat other people and an early introduction to money.
In conclusion, Bingbo's story provides ample opportunities for discussion; do you think tailor crab is being fair to all the animals? What do you think he should have done etc? Overall, The Busy Tailor Crab is another delightful picture book from Bingbo who has authored hundreds of children's stories and won over fifty awards for his work.
Keely Coard

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