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Chasing the Moon to China

Chasing the Moon to China

by Virginia Overton McLean

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A female narrator with a mop of red hair narrates the events surrounding her visit to China, from the moment her father first mentions the trip to her final awareness of how much is left for her to learn. The text expresses both a child's genuine interest in a land different from her own and an intruding philosophical tone. At some points, a barrage of details slows the journey; at others, the facts are treated so briefly that the author raises more questions than she answers. Still, the picture book format will please those seeking ways to span cultural gaps, with lovely photos set on exotically colored pages. A ``learn-along'' record of songs and simple phrases is also provided. No ages given. (June)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Reading this book recalls leafing through a friend's album. It has warmth, immediacy, and touristic charm, but lacks a framework in which to place its tidbits of information. A young girl supposedly narrates the story of her trip to China, but the device quickly falters. ``The Chinese see themselves as part of an overall picture in which man, nature, history, and time all connect'' does not sound like a child. The story begins too slowly, with the family discussing the upcoming trip. ``Daddy told us that China's history goes back thousands of years. . . . Mother said that now there are a billion people in China.'' The pace quickens when the family finally lands in Beijing, but continues in the same generalizing, impressionistic vein. The Chinese ride lots of bicycles; eat lots of noodles; live in apartments, houses, boats, or caves; etc. The writer throws in some brief comments about yin and yang, the Chinese calendar, the uses of walls in architecture, and ends with a section on child-rearing practices. A flimsy record comes with the book; it contains a few words and numbers in Chinese plus a folksong. The illustrations almost rescue the work. The multi-colored pastel pages include more than 50 color photographs. Attractively displayed, they offer some appealing glimpses of ordinary life. Unfortunately, since they are not captioned, readers rarely know where a pictured scene took place. Tang's China, Here We Come! (Putnam, 1981), which is for slightly older readers, utilizes the my-trip-to-China approach far more effectively. Ellen D. Warwick, formerly at Thompson School, Arlington, Mass.

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Redbird Press, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

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