In the Snow

In the Snow

by Huy Voun Lee
     
 

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A simple introduction to Chinese character writing.

It's a wonderful day for a walk in the snow. Using snow as her canvas, Xiao Ming's mother teaches her son ten new Chinese characters.

Huy Voun Lee's focus on the similarity between writing Chinese characters and drawing pictures makes learning Chinese seem accessible. Simple mnemonic explanations help

Overview

A simple introduction to Chinese character writing.

It's a wonderful day for a walk in the snow. Using snow as her canvas, Xiao Ming's mother teaches her son ten new Chinese characters.

Huy Voun Lee's focus on the similarity between writing Chinese characters and drawing pictures makes learning Chinese seem accessible. Simple mnemonic explanations help children learn and remember the character for each word. In the Snow is a great introduction to one of the world's oldest picture languages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Xiao Ming and his mother walk through the winter forest, the fresh snow-white and smooth as paper-inspires an educational game. While his mother scratches Chinese characters with a stick, Xiao Ming guesses what the symbols represent. Through careful teaching, the mother links characters and words so that they make sense to a child. For example, ``forest'' is comprised of two characters for ``tree.'' And the symbol for ``snow'' combines ``hand'' beneath ``rain''-signifying a form of rain that can be held. Focusing on 10 words, Lee (At the Beach) introduces an often daunting language as a tantalizing system built on images and common-sense connections. Thoughtfully composed cut-paper collages convey the same clarity as the text. An author's note explains that, while over 800 Chinese dialects exist, the written language is uniform. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
A mother and son's walk through the first winter snow offers a chance to introduce Chinese characters. Xiao Ming's mother draws them for him with a stick in the snow, explaining how their shapes reflect their meaning. Xiao Ming himself figures out what the joining together of some characters means, as they walk along observing the people and winter activities around them. Ten Chinese characters in all are summarized with Mandarin pronunciation at the beginning and end of the simple story. Double-page scenes in wide, snow-flaked borders are produced with cut paper. There are few details. Rather, the winter clothing, bare tree branches, or a few birds and deer are set against broad areas of textured snow and sky, making a very decorative setting for the information. 2000 (orig. 1995), Henry Holt. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up-A delight to the eye and the intellect, In the Snow, like At the Beach (Holt, 1994), is an impressive and successful description of selected Chinese characters. A walk through a forest on a snowy day offers opportunities to illustrate 10 pictographs-tree, forest, pond, rest, rain, snow, sun, moon, sparkling, and bright. The colorful cut-paper pictures are a mix of intricate detail and striking design. Children and adults will marvel at the creativity and skill of the artist. The illustrations offer much to contemplate so that even those giving the book a casual glance will find themselves intrigued. The glossary is an excellent resource; it includes a cut-paper picture, the character, its meaning in English, a transcription in Mandarin Chinese, and ``approximations'' of pronunciation.-Susan Middleton, LaJolla Country Day School, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805065794
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/15/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.53(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Huy Voun Lee was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and moved to the United States in 1975. She has written and illustrated three other books on Chinese character writing: At the Beach, In the Snow, and 1, 2, 3, Go! A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Ms. Lee lives in New York City.

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