Susanna Olson

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Even if you aren't assigned to study the United Arab Emirates, I would really encourage you to spend some time to look at pictures and read up a little about Dubai. It is a truly fascinating city!

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Welcome explorers! This month we will be studying The Middle East. List of Countries: Turkey - Erika Syria - ? Iraq - Zoe O. Iran - Ruth and Lily Jordan - Zoe K. Saudi Arabia - Evelyn…

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Hey everybody! I already mentioned that I really loved the “Enchantment Of the World” book series. There are books to about almost every country in the world. Each book is filled with history,…

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Welome back explorers! It is time for another week with new countries and lots of wonderful things to learn! How exciting. This week we will work on studying our countries. By the end of the week…
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I just love these photos. There is nothing more inspiring than the stars.

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Hey everybody! I already mentioned that I really loved the “Enchantment Of the World” book series. There are books to about almost every country in the world. Each book is filled with history, culture, nature, and beautiful pictures. But non-fiction is not the only way to immerse yourself in the cultures of South Asia. Here are some picture books you could look for at the library that are set in the areas we are studying:

Picture Books:

Thailand:

Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade. A father and daughter engage in a playful game of jut-ay (Thai hide-and-seek). This is one of my children’s favorite books; they enjoy searching for the daughter hidden on each page.

Illustrator Holly Meade received a Caldecott Honor for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby, and Meade’s illustrations in Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek are equally impressive — colorful and textured, with unusual perspectives. Ages 2

Hush! A Thai Lullaby.
By Minfong Ho. Illus. by Holly Meade.

Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam.
By Sherry Garland. Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. Harcourt, 2001.
Six folktales are accompanied by source notes and explanations of Vietnamese history and culture.
(j398.2095 GARL) Ages 8-11

Thai Tales.
By Supaporn Vathanaprida. Edited by Margaret Read MacDonald. Illus. by Boonsong Rohitasuke. Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
A varied collection of 28 Thai tales, with information about Buddhism in Thai life.
(j398.2095 VATH) Ages 10

India:

What Should I Make? by Nandini Nayar and Proiti Roy. A young Indian boy forms a ball of dough into a snake, a mouse, a cat, and a lion before rolling it flat and baking a big round chapati. Ages 3

Cherry Tree by Ruskin Bond and Allan Eitzen. A deceptively simple, well-written story of a girl who plants a cherry tree and cares for the tree as she grows up. Cherry Tree is set in the Himalayan foothills of northern India where, according to the story, there are not many fruit trees.

Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami and Jamel Akib. Told from the perspective a young girl, Monsoon describes the anticipation of waiting for a monsoon to arrive near the end of a long dry season in India. 

Geeta’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village by Prodeepta Das. Describes a day in the life of a young girl Geeta in an Indian village. Geeta watches her grandmother do her morning puja (worship), eats breakfast, goes to school, plays games and eats lunch with classmates, visits vendors on her way home from school, eats dinner, and goes to bed. Photographs help children imagine life in India. Prodeepta Das has also written Prita Goes to India, a travelog of a young girl Prita’s trip to visit relatives in India.

My Mother’s Sari.
By Sandhya Rao. Illus. by Nina Sabnani.
A young girl’s exploration of a sari’s many uses is seen in this delightful offering originally published in India.
(jPS RAO) Ages 3-5

Vietnam:

Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Dietz Shea, Cynthia Weill, To Ngoc Trang, and Pham Viet Dinh. A counting book that describes preparing for and celebrating Tet, the Vietnamese new year. The highlight of this book is To Ngoc Trang’s illustrations — colorful, intricate, embroidered scenes of mice preparing for Tet. Ages 3

Indonesia:
Rice is Life by Rita Golden Gelman and Yangsook Choi. In rhyming verse, Rice is Life describes scenes in an Indonesian sawah (a wet rice field) throughout the growing season. Sidenotes provide quite a bit of information about how rice is grown in Indonesia. Ages 4

The Gift of the Crocodile.
By Judy Sierra. Illus. by Reynold Ruffins. Simon and Schuster, 2000.
An Indonesian version of the Cinderella story.
(j398.2095 SIER) Ages 6-9

Philippines:

Willie Wins.
By Almira Astudillo Gilles. Illus. by Carl Angel.
Willie is embarrassed by the alkansiya, a Philippine coconut-shell bank, given to him by his father for a school money-saving project.
(jPS GILL) Ages 5-8


Novels

Vietnam

The Trouble Begins.
By Linda Himelblau.
A Vietnamese fifth grader’s adjustment is difficult when he and his grandmother finally rejoin the rest of his family in America following ten years in a refugee camp.
(jF HIME) Ages 9-12

Thailand

The Gold-Threaded Dress.
By Carolyn Marsden.
The only Thai student in her fourth grade class, newcomer Oy struggles to fit in.
Also: When Heaven Fell.
(jF MARS) Ages 8-10

Non - Fiction

The Ramayana for Children.
By Bulbul Sharma. Illus. by K.P. Sudesh.
A lively retelling of the ancient, beloved epic of India. Prince Rama’s adventures are filled with gods, heroes and monsters, romance and war.
(j294.5922 SHAR 2003) Ages 9

The Hmong of Southeast Asia.
Sandra Millett. Lerner, 2002.
An aboriginal people found across several Asian countries, the Hmong observe varying customs and traditions while speaking the same language.
(j305.8959 MILL) Ages 9-12

A Song for Cambodia.
By Michelle Lord. Illus. by Shino Arihari. Lee & Low, 2008.
The life story of Arn Chorn-Pond who survived the harrowing Cambodian killing fields thanks to his musical ability. He grew up to become a human rights leader, also working to revive Cambodian traditional arts.
(j780.2 CHOR) Ages 8-11

Myanmar in Pictures.
By Tom Streissguth. Twenty-First Century, 2008.
A general introduction to the land, history and government, people, cultural life, and economy of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Part of the newly revised Visual Geography series.
(j959.1 STRE) Ages 9

Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom.
By Dia Cha. Stitchery by Chue and Nhia Thao Cha. Lee & Low, 1996.
Along with Hmong history, Cha recounts the story of her family’s journey from Laos to America. Based on art by her aunt and uncle.
(j973.0495 CHA) Ages 8-11

Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy.
By Andrea Warren. Farrar, 2004.
This photo-essay recalls the courageous story of an eight-year-old Amerasian who was brought to the United States in 1975 as part of Operation Babylift and adopted by a family in Ohio. He has since become an emergency room doctor.
(jB STEI) Ages 10

Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy.
By Andrea Warren. Farrar, 2004.
This photo-essay recalls the courageous story of an eight-year-old Amerasian who was brought to the United States in 1975 as part of Operation Babylift and adopted by a family in Ohio. He has since become an emergency room doctor.

One other resource all my brilliant chefs may want to look up: “Cooking The (insert your country) Way”. You will these books in the non-fiction section of the children’s area in the library. They are usually placed with the cookbooks, around J641 (you can always ask a librarian for help). The library usually has a nice variety of countries available. If they don’t have your country at your local library, you can look it up and order it at cmlibary.org, and they will send it to your library.

Resources: Our Asian Heritage:
http://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=2000154101
Delightful Children's Books: http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/2011/04/27/asia/