An Engaging and Colorful Introduction to China
Author Debbi Michiko Florence invites young readers to explore China, "a country of contrasts and extremes and one with a lot of 'firsts.'" Along the way, she sheds fascinating light on the jaw-dropping landscape (e.g., Mount Everest, the Gobi Desert, the Yangtze River), the "daily life" of children in China, inventions that paved the way for the modern world (e.g., paper and printing), China's rich culture and history, cuisine, and more.
CHINA not only shows young readers how to say "tea" in Mandarin, it provides a step-by-step guide to having a "Tea Tasting" of their very own. Readers can also make a compass, practice the art of Chinese calligraphy, sculpt a jade figure, and learn how to "integrate feng shui to create harmony" in their life (there are "over 40 activities" to try!).
This book is a relevant and entertaining addition to any classroom or home library.
*Note*: In my original review (since edited), I neglected to mention the delightfully whimsical artwork by Jim Caputo that brings the activities and China's multi-layered culture to life in a way that readers of all ages will find accessible.
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