2017-04-26-中國網英文版- 6-year-old girl’s Silk Road adventure book released：
By He Shan China.org.cn, April 26, 2017
The English version of “Biking the Silk Road: 6-year-old Sophie’s Fantasy Tour," published by New World Press, was released in Beijing on Tuesday.
This book is co-authored by Jack Chen and his six-year-old daughter, Sophie, and completed after their biking journey along the Silk Road.
The journey was inspired by the Chinese classic “Journey to the West" when Sophie was 6 years old in 2008. The girl completed an epic 2,100-km bike journey from Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi Province, to Turpan, a city located in the east of Xinjiang, with her father and mother for two and a half months. The extraordinary achievement makes her the youngest child in the world to have cycled the Silk Road to date.
From Sophie’s angle, the book vividly records the visual and emotional experience of the 2,100-km biking journey, especially when Sophie’s imagination is involved: painting with the giants, “grape princess" in the drying shelter, the camel “McDonald’s," colored tiger toys, the Yellow River “milk tea," somersault cloud, “pushing down" the Great Wall, the flaming mountains, and more.
Featuring more than 400 pictures as well as lovely carton images drawn by Sophie Chen, the book presents a lively picture of the unique landscapes and exciting local people of the Silk Road. The sections in “Papa’s Silk Road Journal", such as “Talent for Life," “Unlimited Exploration and Unbounded Imagination," and “Don’t Break the Bubbles of Imagination" written by Jack Chen, tell us about a father’s thoughts on parental education and how he sees the Silk Road.
“The journey is a valuable experience for the kid. Although tough, it can help expand her horizon and will have a positive impact on her life," said Jack Chen, who is a professional outdoor explorer, grand tourist and guide, biker, climber and hiker.