D is for Dancing Dragon is from Sleeping Bear Press, and we always enjoy their alphabet journeys through different states and countries. We have several of these on our personal shelf - what I love is that it has a simple rhyme throughout the book perfect for my little ones to listen, and the sidebar of each page is full of extra information if you want to go in depth on some of the different highlighted subjects. Some of these books even have teacher guides on the Sleeping Bear website which is also very cool. These will be great resources over the years and I love picking them up as I have a chance.
Some other non-fiction books that we used to get an overview of China were Look What Came from China and Welcome to China. Welcome to China was probably my favorite because it was published fairly recently - current enough to mention the Olympics which were hosted there two years ago.
The next three books are all variations of the same Chinese folk tale - seven siblings (or five) that each have a special ability which enables them to help each other out of a predicament.
Tikki Tikki Tembo is a classic tale of the little boy with a long name who falls into the well. My girls love this story and I love the bright artwork on these pages. One of our favorites.
The Story about Ping is a Five in a Row classic that we are just now reading for the first time. I am going to try and remember to make plans to spend more time with this book next year when Natalie starts kindergarten.
One of the few missionary biographies that my library had that was at an appropriate age range for my girls. We enjoyed the story of Ms. Aylward and Noelle pronounced her work in China with young girls as "cool."
I'll share a bit more about Lon Po Po next Tuesday when my Children's Classic Award Winners post will hopefully be up. : )
And with that, I'm stopping! We have two more days to finish up in China this week and as we've read these books aloud each day, it's definitely made our "trip" there more pleasant!
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