Wordy. Illustrations are all painted on ceramic plates and then photographed. They look like they're from the 50s for some reason to me. Apparently nobody in Illinois used to eat soybeans? So a farmer was growing some for his pigs, and a Chinese-American family comes and gets some from him and has a picnic that grows larger every year with other Chinese-American families.
Wow, not even a stepmother but their actual mother leaves them in the woods. This illustrator can't draw children's faces. Traditional tale, except when the children leave the cottage they loot it of a bunch of precious jewels, and by the time they return home their evil mother has died.