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					The Chinese Culture
Literacy Map
Map of China

The Magic Horse of
Han Gan by Chen
    Jiang Hong                                     Chinese Cinderella and
                                                     the Secret Dragon
                                                   Society by Adeline Yen

Millicent Min, Girl                                Shanghai Messenger by
Genius by Lisa Yee                                     Andrea Cheng

                                                   Six words, Many Turtles
                                                   and Three Days in Hong
California                                             Kong by Patricia
Fun Facts about China
 Ice cream was invented in China around
  2000BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk
  and rice mixture in the snow.

 China is the fourth largest country in the world.

 The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the

 Red is considered a lucky color in China.

 Cormorants are used by some fishermen on the
  rivers to catch fish for them.
Shanghai Messenger
“He dips the brush into
 the ink and makes
 smooth black strokes
 on a paper fan until
 each fold is full of
                                          Andrea Cheng, Author
(Cheng, p. 26)
Chinese Fans
 Fans were used in China          Circular Fan Making Activity
  many thousands of years of
  years ago and made out of       Print out the black and white
  many different materials           pattern, preferably onto
  such as silk, paper, feathers      card stock, and color in. Cut
  and palm leaves.                   out the fan and attach to a
  (Interestingly, the folded         popsicle stick or chopstick.
  paper fan was actually
  developed in Japan and
  introduced to China during
  the 10th or 11th Century via
Shanghai Messenger:
The use of Characterization in Shanghai Messenger

 Most important element of literature.

 Xiao Mei is the protagonist of the story.

 Xiao Mei is a dynamic character, which means
  that she changes in some important way
  throughout the book.

 First-person narrative: narrator sometimes has
  limited knowledge/view.
Annotated Bibliography
Chen, Jiang Hong (2004). The Magic Horse of Han
 Gan. France: Enchanted Lion.

A look into the life of painter Han Gan, who lived in
  China 1,200 years ago, that incorporates a
  legend about one of the horses in his paintings
  coming to life. It's always a high burden to offer
  art reflecting a great artist, but Hong more than
  succeeds. Magical, indeed, with an underlying
  theme of the relationship between art and

Suggested Grade Levels: 5 - 7
Annotated Bibliography
Cheng, Andrea (2005). Shanghai Messenger. New
 York, NY: Lee & Low Books Inc.

"You are my messenger. Look everything.
  Remember." Grandma Nai Nai tells eleven-year-
  old Xiao Mei as the girl heads off to Shanghai,
  China, to visit their extended family. At first
  battling homesickness, Xiao Mei soon ventures on
  her own, discovering the excitement of a
  different way of life and a new appreciation of
  her Chinese heritage. When it is finally time to
  leave, Xiao Mei must gather up her memories
  and bring "a little bit of China" back home.

Suggest Grade Levels: 3 - 5
Annotated Bibliography
Mah, Adeline Yen (2005). Chinese Cinderella and
 the Secret Dragon Society. New York, NY: Harper
 Collins Publishers.

A girl is thrown out of her home by a jealous
 stepmother, is taken in by a kung fu school of
 multi-national teenagers, goes on secret missions
 to defy the Japanese invaders and rescues
 captured US airmen. The story itself reflects the
 day-dreams of a young girl whose real life was
 the poor, rejected Chinese Cinderella.

Suggested Grade Levels: 5 – 7
Annotated Bibliography
McMahon, Patricia (1997). Six Words, Many Turtles, and
 Three Days in Hong Kong. New York, NY: Houghton

This well-written non-fiction account is illustrated in
  storytelling photographs that convey personality. It
  chronicles the daily life of Tsz Yan, an eight-year-old
  Chinese girl living in contemporary Hong Kong.

Suggested Grade Levels: K – 3
Annotated Bibliography
Yee, Lisa (2003). Millicent Min, Girl Genius. New
 York, NY: Arthur Levine.

Millicent Min is (1) just about the enter her senior
 year in high school, (2) has no friends, and (3) is
 resented by other kids because she sets the
 grading curve. She's also eleven, which might
 have something to do with at least (1) and (3).
 Because of (2), Millie's parents sign her up for
 summer volleyball and make her tutor her mortal

Suggested Grade Levels: 4 - 7