My son came home exceptionally overjoyed that day. He did not tell me straight away about the publication. Instead, he asked me to close my eyes first and said that he had a surprise for me. When I gently opened my eyes as instructed, he proudly showed me his composition, grinning ear to ear, and said "Mama, look! That's my composition!". "Oh my god! Good job! That's very encouraging." I praised my son. I could not believe my eyes and kept repeatedly saying "Oh my god!" Reason being, he was not fluent in Mandarin and writing a Chinese composition was a daunting task. That particular day, he was in good mood. So I suggested to write a Chinese composition and encouraged him to send to Thumbs Up Junior publication. I also sat down with him and taught him how to write the mailing address. And he did including posting the letter himself. Little did I know that the editor would pick his composition to publish because his piece was really simple and pale in comparison with others. I felt like a proud Mama and he was elated too! Then he continued to narrate how his classmate, Rachel discovered his composition and later brought it up to the attention of his Chinese teacher, Lin Lao Shi. The latter then announced to all the students about my boy's composition being published. One classmate came forward to congratulate and hug him with encouraging words 掌声鼓励鼓励！ Another criticised the tiger he drew was ugly. Well, he was not affected by the unkind words. He was over the moon! :D
I hope this feel good experience would boost his confidence in Chinese writing. 加油!