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					          China
A Multicultural Literacy Map
By, Nikki Stecich and Jaclyn Emanuel
                       Books on China
                         ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPY


                                                        Globe Trotters
Brothers                                                Club: China

By, Yin                                                 By, Janet
                                                        Riehecky


                                                        Lon Po Po
The Story of                                            By, Ed Young
Kites
By, Ying Chang
Compestine

                                                 Be Water, My   Friend
           Traditions From China                 By, Ken Mochizuki
           By, Shelby Mamdani
Be Water, My Friend: The Early
      Years of Bruce Lee
       By, Ken Mochizuki
                 Age: 3rd grade
                 Publisher: Lee and
                   Low Books Inc.
                   2006.
                 Map: His family is
                   from Hong Kong.
                 Summary: This book is   a
                   biography about Bruce
                   Lee. It is a picture
                   book that talks about
                   Bruce Lee’s life as a
                   young boy. The book
                   talks about his mistakes
                   and how he overcomes the
                   challenges. The books
                   talks about Lees life
Age: 2nd and 3rd grade
Publisher: Philomel
   Books. NY. 2006
                                Brothers
Map: Yin’s family is
   from Hong Kong and her           By, Yin
   stories are inspired
   from them
Summary: This is a picture
  book about a young Chinese
  boys voyage to America to
  visit his brother. When he
  arrives, his brother tells
  him that he must not
  venture outside of
  Chinatown. However, Ming
  gets lonely and ventures to
  find a friend. Ming meets
  a young Irish boy named
  Patrick. The two become
  friends and they teach each
  other about their cultures.
  Ming’s brother is worried
  about their friendship
  because not all people
  accept each other for their
  differences. Suddenly,
  Ming’s brother’s store is
  not making money and the
  boys come up with a plan to
  help him. They bring in
  more customers by posting a
Traditions From
     China
                   Age: 3rd grade
By, Shelby   Mamdani
                   Publisher: Steck-Vaughn Company.
                     TX. 1999.
                   Map: First Picture in the book is
                     at this location: Guangxi
                     Province
                   Summary: This is an informational
                     book about the traditions and
                     culture of China. There are
                     seven “sub-stories” in the book
                     which include: welcome to China,
                     Chinese food, clothes and
                     costume, music and dance,
                     religion and festivals, China at
                     play, and story time. The book
                     takes the reader through the
                     customs of China through its’
                     text and photographs. There are
                     “fun facts” in the margins of
                     the book, which are fun and
     Globe-Trotters Club: China
               By, Janet Riehecky
Age: 2nd and 3rd grade
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Inc.
   MN. 1999.
Map: The book talks a lot about
   the capital, Beijing
Summary: This is an informational
   book about the culture and
   customs of China. The book the
   reader through many important
   parts of china. The narrators
   tells the reader everything
   they need to know before they
   come to visit China. The
   author tells them through these
   subtitles: water, what are you
   going to do?, people of china,
   three is a family, big cities,
   at home on the farm, getting
   around, historically speaking,
   the common language, some real
Age: 2nd grade
Publisher: Philomel          Lon Po Po
   Books. NY. 1989.
Map:  Ed Young, author,      By, Ed Young
   was born in Tientsin
Summary: The story of
   Lo Po Po derived from
   the European tale of
   Little Red Riding Hood.
   The story is about
   three children, Shang,
   Tao, and Paotze, and
   their adventures with a
   wolf that comes to
   visit their home. The
   wolf visits the
   children dressed up as
   their grandmother. The
   children’s mother went
   to visit the
   grandmother, so the
   children are skeptical
   when the wolf arrives
   dressed as their
   grandmother. However,
   the wolf tricks the
   children into letting
   him in by telling them
   excuses to why his face
   is so hairy, and his
   voice is so low. After
   The Story Of Kites
By, Yin Chang Compestine
                Age: 3rd grade
                Publisher: Holiday
                  House, Inc. NY.
                  2003.
                Map: The author is
                  from Wuhon, China
                  and the book
                  takes place in
                  her village
                  there.
                Summary: This is a
                  folktale about how the
                  kite was made in
                  China.This is a story
                  about three children
                  who are sick of chasing
                  the birds away from
                  their parents’ rice
                  fields. They try
                  multiple ways to keep
The Story Of Kites
     Quotation

“ Since they make
   music like the
strings of the zheng
 as they fly in the
 wind, I call them
  fengzheng- wind
  zheng- kites.”
In-Depth Analysis: The Story of
                                   Kites
       In the book, The Story of Kites, characterization is an important theme that takes
 the reader further into the book. There are three main characters, Ting, Pan and Kuai
 that tell the story of the kite through their lifelike tale. All three characters
 develop through out the story in this realistic fiction book. The book portrays these
 children as lifelike by their struggle to solve a problem. All three children have the
 same problem of scaring off the birds in the rice fields and they struggle to come up
 with a way to do so. The children go through a trial and error period, until they finally
 find something that works. The author reveilles the characters’ intelligence through
 their ability to find a solution to a problem, then teach it to others to help the bigger
 problem. Although we know this is not a true story, the author makes the reader believe
 that it could be by making the characters personable and relatable. The character, Pan,
 has an excerpt where he throws his homework into the air to scare the birds away. He
 later says that he can not do this anymore because his teacher is getting upset with him.
 However he says, “But I love losing my homework, especially math.” This quote makes
 Pan relatable to students that have a least favorite subject and tend not to like to do
 that homework first. The author makes this character so relatable and life like.
       Also, in this story, the setting plays a very important role. The setting,
 which is in China many years ago, gives the story its cultural feel (mood). The setting
 sets the tone of the book, so that we know it is relaxed and child-friendly. When we
 view the illustrations of the setting, they are inviting and we get the child-friendly
 mood. We can identify where the story takes place from the beginning of the story and
 from all of the pictures in the book. You do not really know when the story takes place,
 but the book starts with “Long ago in China„” The setting of this book is so
 important because it develops the characters in the story along with the plot. If you
 did not know where this story took place, there could be a very different take on this
 book. The setting allows the students to make references to the characters about where

				
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