Cutted Chicken in Shanghai

Friends will take you by the hand and help you cross a busy street.

Occasionally, they will lead you into a whole new world.

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Runtie the Desert Rat

Leilani is a desert rat who wonders if she’ll ever grow as big as her older brothers and sisters. She wants to be able to run as fast as they do and find as many seeds as they can. But what can Leilani do to change her size?

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About Cutted Chicken in Shanghai


An American woman takes a cultural fling into China and finds humorous and engaging adventures as her Shanghai driver tries to keep her out of trouble in a land she struggles to understand, and her Chinese friends become as unforgettable to her as the China she comes to love. From supermarkets to restaurants, and her driver who doesn’t speak English, every aspect of her daily life contains a challenge. In this award winning memoir, Cutted Chicken in Shanghai, we join Sharon as she interacts with Chinese people and uncovers similarities. Her quick wit, humor, and open heart endear her to those she meets. Interspersed with snapshots from her past, this book is an opening into the ancient kingdom where there is something deeply familiar at its core.

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About Runtie the Desert Rat


Leilani is a desert rat who wonders if she’ll ever grow as big as her older brothers and sisters. She wants to be able to run as fast as they do and find as many seeds as they can. But what can Leilani do to change her size?

Runtie the Desert Rat is a touching story about the wonders of nature and the spirit of family. As she learns what it means to never give up, the lovable Leilani will enchant and delight the hearts of all children who encounter her. This warm folktale is a lovely look at what it’s like to feel different.

With beautiful illustrations and whimsically wonderful characters, Runtie the Desert Rat is a story parents can enjoy just as much as their children. The natural world comes alive as Leilani explores the vast landscape of the desert.

Whether you’re big or small, Leilani will help you remember how truly magical the world of nature can be.

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About Sharon Winters


Sharon Winters has retired from teaching English and math. She has a BS in psychology from Illinois State University and an MA in humanities from the University of Texas. Her stories have appeared in the MENSA BULLETIN: The Magazine of American MENSA, The New Mexican, and The Rodent Reader Quarterly. Winters is also the author of an award winning memoir, Cutted Chicken in Shanghai, which explores her life when she lived in China.

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