All About Korea: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More

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2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award Winner!
Perfect for educators or parents wishing to teach kids about different cultures, this new book in the Tuttle All About Asia series includes favorite games, foods, special holiday times and after-school activities unique to Korea. All About Korea is a fun-filled journey to a new place.

  • Learn how to play the exciting Korean see-saw game with a friend; ...
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Overview

2012 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award Winner!
Perfect for educators or parents wishing to teach kids about different cultures, this new book in the Tuttle All About Asia series includes favorite games, foods, special holiday times and after-school activities unique to Korea. All About Korea is a fun-filled journey to a new place.

  • Learn how to play the exciting Korean see-saw game with a friend; how to sing "Happy Birthday" in Korean, and how kids say "hello!"
  • Other activities include making a White Tiger puppet, playing jegi (Korean hacky-sack) and singing "Arirang," Korea's most beloved song.
  • Enjoy the traditional stories "Taming a Tiger" and "Two Foolish Green Frogs."
  • Easy recipes are included for delicious treats like kimbap (roll-your-own wraps) and songpyeon (sweet filled rice cakes).
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Editorial Reviews

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"All About Korea is a rich trove of activities and information about Korea, compiled by author Ann Martin Bowler. In fifteen chapters, appealingly illustrated by Soosoonam Barg, Bowler presents history, games, folktales, some basic Korean language, songs, recipes, and information about holidays, arts and crafts, architecture, and values. In addition to use in the classroom, the many Korean-American parents and adoptive parents of Korean-born children will be gratified and assisted by Bowler and Barg's book in instilling in their bicultural children a sense of pride and respect for the Korean people and their country."—PaperTigers.org

"Explaining a country's culture is a difficult and rewarding task, and without a doubt, it requires contemplation and hard work. After reading All About Korea, I was certain that it was written by a Korean or Korean-American author. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a non-Korean had written such a thorough, informative yet succinct introduction about Korean culture. The book is accurate and covers a lot of ground, and the author manages to get past the superficial level of cultural understanding."—Jeong-Gwan Lee, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco

"All About Korea is a delightful children's book written by Ann Martin Bowler, an adoptive parent of two children from Korea. A wonderful resource for families who have adopted from Korea, the book—chalk full of interesting facts about Seoul—also serves as a useful and fun guide for anyone interested in Korean history and culture. Your child will love the fun stories, crafts and activities, as well as the vibrant and colorful pictures—beautifully illustrated by Soosoonam Barg, an artist and teacher from Seoul. Bowler also provides delicious recipes used in the rich Korean culture! We highly recommend All About Korea to our Korea families and their children. We encourage you to read the book with your child and, together, learn about Korea and your child's heritage!"—Angie Wharfield Ford, Director of Post Adoption Services, Holt International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804840125
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 696,237
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Martin Bowler worked as an educator for many years and now writes full time. She has visited Korea with her family many times and travels widely in Asia. Her two youngest children were adopted from Korea. She is also the author of Gecko's Complaint and Adventures of the Treasure Fleet. www.AnnMartinBowler.net

Soosoonam Barg was born in Seoul, Korea, and teaches art and tapestry weaving at schools and her studio in New Jersey, as well as at schools in Korea. She was presented with The Scholastic Arts & Writing award in recognition for being an outstanding educator, and has been profiled by the New York Times for her artwork. www.soyooart.com

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Help Kids Learn About Korea!

    Help kids learn about Korea!

    This book skillfully introduces children to Korean culture. Laden with kid-friendly illustrations, this is a welcoming book. You can easily picture kids sitting in a classroom, gathered around a teacher who is reading, or snuggled on the lap of a parent, enjoying learning about the life of kids in Korea. Kids can picture themselves in Korea living in a Korean home, flying kites, making masks, playing games, dressing up for holidays, and enjoying Children's Day, a national holiday to celebrate the youthful, blossoming talent of the country. Kids can learn how to show respect to their parents and elders, table manners, how to say a few words in Korean, hold chopsticks, and try Korean calligraphy.

    Fun games, imaginative folk stories and crafts, and simple versions of famous recipes, all offered within a cultural context, are great learning tools for kids of all ages. At the end of the book, additional website and reading resources are included. I highly recommend this book, both for educators looking for multicultural educational resources, as well as for parents looking to expand their child's knowledge about our fascinating world.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Great book for younger children

    All About Korea is a wonderful new book that will appeal to younger and older elementary school children. It contains a wealth of fun craft activities, kids games, folktales, children's songs and easy recipes, while also introducing the language and culture of Korea. Author Ann Bowler crafted interesting and easy to follow descriptions, and Soosoonam Bary's beautiful illustrations bring it all to life. This is a great book to stimulate imaginations and develop an interest in life in other countries. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    Love this book!

    We bought this book and absolutely love it!! We adopted two children from Korea and wanted to learn more about their birth country. It's a great overview of the Korean culture, presented in fun format. Our children love the book and so do we! There are folktales, delicious and easy Korean recipes, arts & crafts, simple games, etc., that we can share with our children. Our kids really enjoy looking at the beautiful artwork and hearing the stories. This is definitely a keeper. A real must-have for adoptive families or families hoping to learn more about Korea. :)

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