Taipei, Taiwanese illustrator Lee Chin-lun's work "The Pawed Piper" has made it on to the May list of recommended books for children aged 3 to 5 by BookTrust, the largest reading charity in the United Kingdom.
Penned by English picture book author Michelle Robinson, the newly published book explores the emotional ties that owners feel toward their pets by telling the story of small girl who wants a cat and lures dozens of them to her home, only to have to decide whether to keep them or give them all back.
The English version of "The Pawed Piper" was published in April, while the Chinese version was published in January in a collaboration between Lee, children's book translator Ko Chien-hua Taiwan publisher Hsin-Yi Publishing House and renowned British publisher Walker.
According to Hsin-Yi Publishing House, Lee recruited "cat models" through her Facebook page to help her illustrate the book, and she received an enthusiastic response.
A total of 103 cats were selected as her models, among them many cats that were once strays or that were visually-impaired, hearing-impaired or had physical disabilities, the publisher said.
Lee, who held her first illustration exhibition in Tokyo in 1990, was the first Asian creator to collaborate with Walker in 2001 and she published her own work "The Very Kind Rich Lady and Her One Hundred Dogs" the same year.
In 1992, the Taipei-born illustrator won first place for her picture book "Piggy Who Swallowed Seeds" at a children's literature competition held by the Hsin-Yi Foundation, the first institution in Taiwan dedicated to the promotion of preschool education.
Each year, programs rolled out by Booktrust reach 3.4 million children across the U.K. with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, according to the charity's official website.
In addition, the charity selects best new children's and teen books on a monthly basis for children aged 0-3, 3-5, 5-8, 9-12 and teens.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel