All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More for Kids


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Take the whole family on a whirlwind tour of Chinese history and culture with this delightfully illustrated book that is packed with stories, activities and games. Travel from the stone age through the dynasties to the present day with songs and crafts for kids that will teach them about Chinese language and the Chinese way of life.

All About China is the next best thing to being there!

China is the world's largest and most populated country boasting thousands of years of history, tradition and culture. In All About China, you'll:

  • Discover the fantastic Chinese tales about the creation of the earth and the origin of the Moon Goddess
  • Delve into China's multifaceted cultural heritage, visit breathtaking places and learn Chinese folk songs
  • Take a crack at solving a tangram shape puzzle
  • Learn about the twelve Chinese zodiac animals
  • Try your hand at making a traditional brush painting of a panda, bamboo and other subjects

All About China is an exciting and captivating introduction to the country, featuring page after page of colorful illustrations, interesting stories, amazing facts, cultural insights, engaging activities and much more. Young readers will embark on a fascinating journey through the many faces of this country, meeting its people and examining its landscape, culture and historical tapestry.

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From School Library Journal:
Gr 1–3—This wide-ranging introduction to China covers everything from history and geography to etiquette and music, with recipes, games, art projects, and traditional folktales. Large watercolor paintings with informative captions break up the text, and topics frequently shift, making this one ideal for browsers. However, complicated points are overly simplified. For instance, the text claims that Taiwan was originally part of China and implies that it didn't separate until 1949, which ignores Taiwan's complicated colonial history and that it was ruled by Japan from 1895 to 1945. Making the recipes kid-friendly results in loss of authenticity for many, such as one for mooncakes (which ends up being a jelly-filled crescent roll). VERDICT Despite the drawbacks, this volume fills a collection hole in many libraries, as interest in China continues to grow and many comparable titles for this age group, such as China (DK, 2007), Discovering Cultures: China (Cavendish Square, 2002), and China (Children's Pr., 2008), are out of date. Purchase where needed.—Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VA

Book Awards: 

Creative Child Magazine 2015 Preferred Choice Award;
Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal;
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards 2015 Silver Medal


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