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      One Kite is a children's picture book project jointly founded by 1 Plus Publishing

& Consulting, Eirya Foundation and Shan Fu Studio in 2018 in California. It aims to introduce the best original Chinese children's picture books to English-speaking young readers and educators in the US.  

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Coming soon!

The first ever children's book based on the design philosophy and architectural details of Beijing, China!


Beijing: A Symmetrical City takes children and adults on a unique adventure through the ancient Chinese metropolis of Beijing—one of the world's oldest cities, founded around the same time as Rome. 


All beautifully illustrated with easy to follow text. Children can become mini experts on the historical hub! A perfect gift for children and parents, and anyone with an interest in history, architecture, travel and beyond, Beijing: A Symmetrical City:


    • Features gorgeous illustrations in typical Chinese style;

    • Teaches the historical significance of the names and placement of the most important buildings in the city;

    • Provides background on the architect and builders that changed the course of history;

    • Unearths ancient Chinese philosophy behind the city layout, rooted in harmony, balance and order.


Award-winning illustrator and author Dawu Yu, after years of meticulous research, has created the wonderful and captivating images seen throughout the book—images that visually demonstrate the beauty and symmetry of one of the world’s most aesthetically pleasing cities.


Interests and Media Inquiries, please feel free to contact us:

onekite@1plusbooks.com


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about the author/illustrator

Dawu Yu was born in 1948 and grew up in the city. Almost all his childhood time was spent alongside the walls of the Forbidden City, the inner city in the center of Beijing, which preserves hundreds of years of history. When the Earth Tranquility Gate was torn down in 1954, his grandfather put him in a cart and brought him there to look at this north gate of the ancient inner city of Beijing one last time.


Mr. Yu created the beautiful book after years of meticulous research. "Decades later, I feel fortunate now about painting the old Beijing,” says Yu. “I am overwhelmed with emotions and memories, perhaps because I have deep feelings for the historic city."


With a career dedicated to comics and book illustrations, Mr. Dawu Yu has won numerous illustration awards including the Original Picture Book Award from the Asian/Pacific Culture Center for UNESCO in 1988. He was also invited to The Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators' Exhibition in 2000. Today, he lives with his family in his beloved city. 

testmonials

I found the book delightful! The information gives the young people a real vision of this

ancient city, and I wish I had read it before I visited Beijing in 1995! Loved all the

drawings!

—— Marsha Gilpatrick, retired elementary school principal, California

The book is really informative. I think the “Fun fact” and “Knowledge tips” are

very good, they help you understand the whole thing better. The little maps on

corner of the pages can show you the current location and you won’t “get lost”

while reading.

—— Annabelle Oertel, 8th grader, Germany

The book was very interesting to me. Quite a few times throughout the

reading, I searched up some of the buildings because the descriptions were very

intriguing.

—— Sophie Zhu, 11th grader, California


I really enjoyed this book! I learned a lot! I had a friend who was Chinese and

brought me a gift from the Forbidden City. She told me about the room with all

the clocks, and now I better understand where she visited.

—— Grace Allen, former teacher, editor, Mississippi

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about one kite

One Kite is a children's picture book project jointly founded by 1 Plus Publishing

& Consulting, Eirya Foundation and Shan Fu Studio in 2018 in California.  It aims to introduce the best original Chinese children's picture books to English-speaking young readers and educators in the US. 


One Kite specializes in curating books with best qualities, artistic values and cultural values. One Kite also specializes in collaborating with talented writers, illustrators, designers and publishers in both China and the US.


 Three Kite Fliers 


Yan Liu, veteran publisher, writer, translator, and founder of 1Plus Books. She lives in California. She has a twenty-two years old son.


Stella Su, previous executive of consulting firms and founder of Eirya Foundation. Stella Su resides in California. She is a mom of an eleven years old daughter.


Cindy Liu, journalist, writer and translator and founder of Shan Fu Studio. She resides in Pennsylvania. She is a mom of three children, age 9, 3 and 6 month. 


Interests and Media Inquiries, please feel free to contact us:

onekite@1plusbooks.com