Good Morning China

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHINA. Playing, exercising, resting under a lotus tree: the things happening in an ordinary park on an ordinary morning.

Early morning, and a community is coming to life. Children are playing, an artist is painting, people are exercising and meditating. Each page in this lovely picure book presents a snap-shot, and a final foldout spread collects them all to give a panorama of daily life in China. Hu yong Yi's paintings are...

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Overview

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHINA. Playing, exercising, resting under a lotus tree: the things happening in an ordinary park on an ordinary morning.

Early morning, and a community is coming to life. Children are playing, an artist is painting, people are exercising and meditating. Each page in this lovely picure book presents a snap-shot, and a final foldout spread collects them all to give a panorama of daily life in China. Hu yong Yi's paintings are saturated with color and rich in life and feeling.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When night turns to morning in China, a whole community comes to life in this gentle picture book. The setting is a park where individuals and small groups of children and adults begin their days. Each page depicts a different activity in simple text and lush paintings. Various typical activities are presented--children rest, play games, and ride bikes while adults waltz, play chess, and stretch. Although a snapshot of a morning in China, readers from the United States (and other countries as well) can easily relate to the scenes presented. Even so, details such as adults dancing with fans and children playing badminton provide readers a glimpse into the simple details of the Chinese culture. A clever fold out page at the end of the book brings all the individuals together in one scene. This reinforces the sense of community and shared experiences. This idea is true within this small community of the park and for children who realize the lives of people in other cultures are not that different from their own. Reviewer: Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Simple sentences, one or two per spread, describe how some Chinese people enjoy greeting the early morning in a park: "Someone is resting by the lotus pond. Someone is cycling.... Some are doing tai chi. Others like sword dancing." The artist focuses on depicting actions and movements-a couple playing badminton or two people playing chess-and does not individualize the faces, which are all represented as simple circles with small features and blush-tinged skin. Soft earth-toned shades of light tan, green, and brown represent the outdoor settings but are punctuated by the red, purple, orange, and yellow clothing that the people wear. The last page opens up into an oversize illustration that depicts the array of activities; some of the earlier pictures are repeated in miniature. Children will enjoy perusing this straightforward and serene book.
—Kirsten CutlerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596432406
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,430,247
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hu Yong Yi was born in Hong Kong. She has studied at the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, Fuangzhou Institute of Fine Arts, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and Columbia University. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and China. She lives in Hong Kong.

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