Kindergarten Day USA and China/Kindergarten Day China and USA


Spend a day with kindergarten class from New York, USA. Flip the book over and enter a kindergarten classroom in Beijing, China , as a new school day starts. As each hour passes, both classes read stories, make friends, and wonder what happens on the other side of the world.

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Spend a day with kindergarten class from New York, USA. Flip the book over and enter a kindergarten classroom in Beijing, China , as a new school day starts. As each hour passes, both classes read stories, make friends, and wonder what happens on the other side of the world.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1—Half of this book narrates a day at a kindergarten in Schenectady, NY; when flipped, it details a day with Chinese children in Beijing. Although there are some differences between the two classes, the book focuses on illustrating their similarities. Both groups learn reading in their respective languages, draw pictures, eat lunch, celebrate a classmate's birthday, play outside, witness a disagreement mediated by a teacher, and enjoy friends. The minor differences mostly involve language and food, although American kids will be happy to see that the Chinese kindergarteners also eat birthday cake, albeit with chopsticks. At the end of each half, the class wonders what kids are like on the other side of the world. The Chinese section includes one Chinese word per page. Additionally, a text box on the first page explains pinyin transliteration. Large, bright photographs and a limited number of words per page make this a good choice for storytime. The focus on similarities between the kids doesn't teach much about Chinese culture, but it does give a nice lesson on the universality of the kindergarten experience.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Kindergartens are the same all over the world. Children learn the same information with only slight variation on how and what they are taught. It may seem as if the United States and China have too many differences to find any similarities, but a simple look at a day in the life of a kindergarten class in New York and another in Beijing proves that children, and how they learn, are the same the world over. In this "Flip-Me-Over Book", a typical day in a New York kindergarten is presented, beginning with greetings at the door and learning to read. Lunch, art, recess and a special treat from a birthday boy are all presented in simple detail accompanied by pictures of children participating in each activity. On the flip side of the book, a typical day of a kindergarten class in Beijing is presented. Each activity that the New York kindergarten participates in is mirrored by the Beijing kindergarten. Slight cultural differences are pointed out, for instance the differences between what type of lunch is served to each class, and special attention is given to what time of day each activity is happening and what time of day it is for children in the other class. Chinese words for different activities, along with easy pronunciation guides, are provided on the Chinese side of the book. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892209
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 1,450,132
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Trish Marx has written many nonfiction books, including EVERGLADES FOREVER: RESTORING AMERICA'S GREAT WETLAND (Lee & Low Books) and JEANETTE RANKING: FIRST LADY OF CONGRESS (Margaret K. McElderry). Trish lives in New York City.
Ellen B. Senisi is the author and photographer of children's photo-essay books including HURRAY FOR PRE-K! (HarperCollins) and ALL KINDS OF FRIENDS, EVEN GREEN! (Woodbine House). She lives in Schenectady, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    Recommended - I'm glad I purchased this book.

    I used this book in a classroom of 5 - 6 year olds to teach them the similarities in a classroom in the US compared to a kindergarten classroom in China. It is a flip-me-over book, meaning one side goes through a day in a U.S. kindergarten classroom. Flip over to read through a story about a kindergarten class in China. Both classrooms are greeted by the teacher, have a story time, art time, eat lunch, celebrate a classmate's birthday, have recess, and share with friends. Several Chinese words are introduced (like the ones for friend, lunch, numbers 1 - 5). I wish the phonetic pronunciations were included. I had to look them up on the internet to learn how to correctly pronounce the words. Overall it is a nice introduction of similarities in a typical school day for children across the globe.

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