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Chinese Folk Tales

Chinese Folk Tales

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There are lots of stories most kids can rattle off without even thinking much – Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that children all over the world know them. When the stories are told china-on-the-globe-200in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told. To celebrate Chinese New Year, which starts today, take a look at these Chinese versions of some of the world’s most favorite stories:


dragon-princeThe Dragon Prince: a Beauty and the Beast Tale from China – A poor farmer’s youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father’s life.


the-real-story-of-stone-soupThe Real Story of Stone Soup – When a crew of Chinese fishermen forget to bring cooking utensils with them, they find creative ways to make do with what they have and what they can find.


yeh-shenYeh Shen: a Cinderella Story from China – This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000 years before the earliest European version. More Cinderella Stories from Around the World


auntie-tigerAuntie Tiger – In this version of Red Riding Hood set in China, Big Sister sets aside her differences with Little Sister to rescue her from a tiger in disguise.


lon-po-poLon Po Po: a Red Riding Hood story from China – Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother. Check out the eBook.


More Chinese Folk Tales:

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Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disguise

Masters of Disquise is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

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If you are interested in animals at all or have studied them at school, you are probably familiar with animal camouflage – the ability for an animal to hide itself because its coloring makes it blend in to its environment. Sometimes, this also involves actively changing color to match the environment, like a chameleon.

Masters of Disguise is about some animals that take camouflage to the next level. They wear disguises or act like other things – they are great fakers! One spider makes a fake spider bigger than itself, and then moves it like a puppet to scare predators away. Amazing animal tricksters is right!

One question I always have is, “how do they do that?” This book answers that question. The amazing ability of each animal to disguise itself is described, but then you can also read the science behind the story. You also get to meet the scientists and see how they studied the animals to figure out how their disguises worked. Fascinating. Cool pictures too. Written and Illustrated by Rebecca L. Johnson.

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More Books About Animal Camouflage:

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Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Finding Winnie

Finding Winnie the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS cybils-2016-round-150Awards, 2016! More Finalists

Finding Winnie is the story of a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn who was a soldier in 1914 during World War I. Harry’s job was to take care of the calvary’s horses. A cavalry is a group of soldiers who fight on horseback. Harry was from Winnepeg, Canada, which is located north of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota.
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To get to the east coast to catch a boat to Europe, Harry rode on a troop train. Trains were a very common way to transport troops during the war. During one of the train’s stops on its way East, Harry took a walk on a train platform. While walking, he ran into a trapper with a baby bear. Harry could not walk away from that bear! He bought the bear for $20, and took it with him on the boat to Europe! He named the bear Winnie, after his home town of Winnepeg, and she became his unit’s mascot.

If you think for just a few seconds, you can think of another bear you know named “Winnie.” Could there be two? An odd coincidence. But what if there was only one? Read Finding Winnie to find out what this Winnie, the London Zoo, the bear you know, and a little boy named Christopher Robin (the real one!) have to do with each other! Finding Winnie in Print and on DVD. By Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

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Military Animals:

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Bears & Zoos:

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Other Working & Helping Animals:

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Pink is for Blobfish

Pink is for Blobfish

 

Pink is for Blobfish is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists

“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of cybils-2016-round-150a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! If you like the Animal Kingdom and learning about the diversity there, this is a really fun book. Each animal has a full page picture so you can see every detail of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat & predator threats. as well as some surprising stories about how the animal lives. This isn’t a book that overwhelms you with information. It isn’t the kind that includes everything you need for a report, although it would help with one. Instead, it shows you amazing members of the Animal Kingdom and makes you smile and say, “Oh!….wow!” By Jess Keating. Illustrated by David DeGrand.

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Books about Animal Colorations:

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Series: My Life is a Zoo

Jess Keating also has a series of fiction books, My Life is a Zoo, about twelve-year-old Ana whose zoologist parents move her whole family into a zoo.

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Read Right Now! Martin Luther King Jr.

Read Right Now! Martin Luther King Jr.
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Watch Right Now! A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. Read by LeVar Burton, Reading Rainbow Story Time – A biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.

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Read Right Now! 1956 Martin Luther King “Montgomery Story” Comic Book published by The Fellowship of the Reconciliation.

Explore the books & links below to find out more about Martin Luther King Jr. and why the March on Washington was so important.

The words in I Have a Dream are the words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. Marchers came from all over to gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial. A lot more people watched the march and heard this speech on television.

The paintings in the book were done by Kadir Nelson. The book was named a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book.

 

 

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Books about The March on Washington & “I Have a Dream”

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Books about Martin Luther King Jr.

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Book Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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