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Honesty, devotion, benevolence

For my Senior Thesis, I created an illustrated children’s book with an educational purpose. The theme is similar to Aesop’s fables familiar to children in Western culture, however, I wanted to make this project personal and relevant to the culture and values I grew up with in Taiwan. The three stories each represent one of the main value systems in Confucianism, which are‬ benevolence, devotion, and honesty. I love these stories because they remind of my childhood and taught me fundamental moral values at a young age. They were crucial to my character development, and I am grateful to share them with children around the world.

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Hand-bound final product- hard cover with perfect binding method 

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Each story ends with a bilingual definition page divided by a hand-pressed red texture paper

 opening spread for the story "The Emperor's seeds"

opening spread for the story "The Emperor's seeds"

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close up

 opening spread for the story "Ban Pin Shan"

opening spread for the story "Ban Pin Shan"

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 opening scene of the story "The Carp Cure"

opening scene of the story "The Carp Cure"

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 a spread of the story "Ban Pin Mountain"

a spread of the story "Ban Pin Mountain"

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 color exploration

color exploration

 A spot illustration for the story "Emperor's seeds"

A spot illustration for the story "Emperor's seeds"

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