Kids Around the World: We Live in China

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Travel the world in this new series of illustrated books, and see each country through the eyes of the children that live there!

Meet Meihua, a girl from Beijing; Shuilin, from a smaller province; and Sem Dui, a boy from Tibet. Learn about China's school system, traditions, history, religion, and culture-just by spending a day with these children. With illustrations and photographs throughout, featuring some of the most important architecture ...
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Overview

Travel the world in this new series of illustrated books, and see each country through the eyes of the children that live there!

Meet Meihua, a girl from Beijing; Shuilin, from a smaller province; and Sem Dui, a boy from Tibet. Learn about China's school system, traditions, history, religion, and culture-just by spending a day with these children. With illustrations and photographs throughout, featuring some of the most important architecture and historical figures of the region, this book provides a great introduction to Chinese culture.
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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Translated from the French, this book intends to tell the story of children living in China. Context is provided via a country fact sheet followed by a brief description of China's history. In the story of Zhang Meihua, a ten-year-old living near Beijing, we are introduced to many of the country's historical treasures: the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Mao Zedong's tomb, and Tiananmen Square. From Shi Shuilin, we learn about the lives of China's rural populace. And through the story of Tibet's Sem Dui, we learn about China's approach to its many ethnic minorities. Using these children's lives as a vehicle in which to introduce China's history and culture in some ways makes this information more accessible. Unfortunately, due no doubt to the translation, the writing is uneven and for a book that provides a dearth of historical and cultural information, there is no supporting glossary, bibliography, or index to guide readers. The book also rather poorly introduces historical and social issues. The Forbidden City is discussed with little to no context and China's "one child" policy (translated as the "single child" policy) includes a discussion of China's answer to it: ultrasounds and abortions. Had the book simply done what it set out to do, it would have managed to provide a fascinating glimpse into today's Chinese culture. Instead, this is a rather sloppy book that will likely leave young readers asking some rather delicate issues of the adults in their lives.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6
In each volume, three children from different backgrounds illustrate the diversity within their country. For example, in India , Shubha is Tamil and is a member of the Brahmin caste, Jyoti is Bengali from heavily populated Calcutta, while Bhagat is Hindi from northern India and an "untouchable." In China , one of the featured youngsters is from a heavily populated area around Beijing, another is from the more rural central region, and the third child lives in Tibet. The writing stimulates interest in the countries by weaving together facts about the culture, religious beliefs, holiday customs, transportation, occupations, and some history from a child's perspective. Both titles open with a map of the country and a page with basic facts such as surface area, populations, and important cities. Generic photographs are interspersed throughout but the children themselves are depicted in paintings. None of the art is captioned, and there are no pronunciation guides, tables of contents, indexes, or glossaries. Due to the limited information and lack of organizational aids, these titles would be useful as general introductions to these countries, but not for reports.
—Margaret R. TassiaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810957350
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Kids Around the World Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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