Adventures in Ancient China

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Join the Binkertons — twins Josh and Emma and their little sister Libby — as they return to the Good Times Travel Agency and end up knee-deep in an ancient Chinese rice paddy! Adventures in Ancient China is an engaging mix of adventure and historical information about life in China during first century AD. Kids will learn about Chinese society, inventions, medicine, the Silk Road, the Great Wall, nomadic warriors and much more. They'll love the book's contemporary comic-book look, while parents, teachers and ...

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Overview

Join the Binkertons — twins Josh and Emma and their little sister Libby — as they return to the Good Times Travel Agency and end up knee-deep in an ancient Chinese rice paddy! Adventures in Ancient China is an engaging mix of adventure and historical information about life in China during first century AD. Kids will learn about Chinese society, inventions, medicine, the Silk Road, the Great Wall, nomadic warriors and much more. They'll love the book's contemporary comic-book look, while parents, teachers and librarians will appreciate the well-researched story line and solid factual information.

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Children's Literature
Join the three Binkerton kids as they once again journey to the eccentric travel agent who sends them off to Ancient China with a book to lead them through their adventurous and dangerous travels. Written in comic book style, we follow the two older children as they try to rescue their younger sister who has been taken away by a rich government official. As the children try to reach their sister, they travel by boat and camel through villages and walled cities learning about how silk and paper were invented by the ancient people of China. Along with the comic style narrative, there are book pages that explain the historical facts of everything the children are witnessing and include such topics as Ancient Chinese food, homes, medicine and farming. Overall, it is a very funny and informative text that is easy to follow and will keep kids engaged. It is part of the "Good Times Travel Agency" series. 2003, Kids Can Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Melissa A. Caudill
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Emma and Josh follow their younger sister, Libby, into the Good Times Travel Agency, where she is lured by the aroma of Chinese noodles. When the travel agent presents the children with a guidebook to ancient China, they are suddenly transported to that civilization. Little Libby is taken to the emperor's palace, and her siblings rescue her and narrowly escape the soldiers pursuing them. While the top part of each page shows the children's adventures in colorful, detailed cartoons, the "guidebook" part provides accurate explanations of various aspects of the landscape and culture. It includes such topics as farming, transportation, inventions, homes, food, writing and paper, family, and the Great Wall. The combination of adventure story and factual material makes this book both fun and educational. At times, the twins are portrayed in a stereotypical way: Josh consistently bemoans his missed soccer game, while Emma worries about little Libby's safety. Still, this book, with its historical and cultural perspective, has merit. Shelby Mamdani's Traditions from China (Raintree, 1999) and Miles Harvey's Look What Came from China (Watts, 1998), with their great photos and cultural information, are appropriate complements.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553374541
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Good Times Travel Agency Series
  • Edition description: First Ediyio
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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