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.

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

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"

close up

opening spread for the story "Ban Pin Shan"

opening scene of the story "The Carp Cure"

See full project here