Thursday, August 05, 2010

Reading about China for Read Aloud Thursday

This week we have been easing back into school and we started out with a Download N Go study about China. As we have had our read-aloud time this morning we have checked out several different books and have found some that we have really enjoyed. I won't go into a big description of each because that would make this far too long, but I'll try and note a few favorites.

D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet (Alphabet Books)

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.

Look What Came From China!Welcome to China (DK Readers Level 3)

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.

The Seven Chinese Brothers (Blue Ribbon Book)

The Five Chinese Brothers (Paperstar)

The Seven Chinese Sisters

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.

Tikki Tikki Tembo

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.

The Story about Ping (Reading Railroad Books)

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."

Gladys Aylward: Daring to Trust (Heroes for Young Readers)

I'll share a bit more about Lon Po Po next Tuesday when my Children's Classic Award Winners post will hopefully be up. : )

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

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!

For more Read-Aloud Thursday posts, head over to Amy's at Hope is the Word.


  1. Ping was one of my childhood favorites!!!

    DId you have a nice anniversary?

  2. LOVE this post! I'm going to have to bookmark it for such a time when we're old enough to really delve into learning about different countries.

    Bookworm1 has just discovered maps and is in the process of realizing the fact that there are different countries. Well, we know about Korea, obviously, and discovered the hippos are from the continent of Africa. But I'm looking forward to studying countries like you are doing. Fun stuff!

  3. There are some of my favorites in there: The Five Chinese Brothers, Ping (of course!)and Tikki Tikki Tembo. Those are all favorites at our house!

  4. Oh, several of these we already love--The Story about Ping, Five Chinese Brothers, and Tikki Tikki Tembo. I really need to pick up a few more of those alphabet books, though.

    So glad you played this week, Stephanie! I hope you had a blessed anniversary and are feeling well these days!

  5. Excellent choices for a China unit. Thanks for posting.

  6. You almost make me ready to start school. Almost. I had planned to start next week but we're redoing a half bathroom this weekend and clearing out our garage and basement so I'm thinking school might have to wait.


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