July 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm (Reviews) (Ancient China, ancient history, books, children's books, chopsticks, Crouching Tiger, Dragon King, homeschooling, kids, Life in the Ancient World, Magic Tree House, Magic Tree House Adventures, Mary Pope Osborne, reviews, Tai Chi, toddlers, weekly kids books review, Yan Nascimbene, Ying Chang Compestine)
The Weekly Low Down on Kids Books/ Adventures in The Magic Tree House
Title: Crouching Tiger
Author: Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrator: Yan Nascimbene
This book was an unexpected treasure from the public library. Kiddo picked this book out herself and I was really excited about it once I was in the middle of reading it.
As a third degree black belt who grew up around a lot of Chinese culture, I love finding unique children’s stories like these. It teaches etiquette, respect for your elders, culture appreciation, diligence, perfection through practice, and each page also has a diagram of a Tai Chi stance.
This was an excellent book to jolt us into our week on Ancient China.
Title: Day of the Dragon King (Magic Tree House #14)
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Although we don’t have a research guide for this topic, we’ve been perusing all things Ancient China while reading this book this week. There are pages from Life in the Ancient World specifically on the Chinese that we read through for a second time, I can’t wait to do some of the art projects when she is older.
The kiddo’s chopsticks are an orange elephant, but the concept is pretty much the same. These things are so handy and I think they are a great way to give your tiny person an ounce of how other countries live.