[bksvol-discuss] For Asian Pacific Heritage Month

  • From: "Jamie Yates, CPhT" <mirxtech@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bookshare Volunteers <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 18:15:41 -0400

Might I recommend these books?

I will scan this one:

 *The dancing dragon*
     Vaughan, Marcia
The Chinese New Year is about to begin. There's lots to do--tie strings of
firecrackers outside, hang up red scrolls, bake special cakes, and sing New
Year's songs. And when family and friends are gathered together, it's time
for the parade to begin. This book folds out to reveal all the color and
excitement of a traditional Chinese New Year celebration, complete with
dancing dragon! Full color.

already in the collection:

 Halmoni And The
Sook Nyul Choi<https://mail.google.com/browse/author?key=Sook%20Nyul%20Choi>

When Yunmi's class plans a picnic in Central Park, her Korean grandmother,
Halmoni, agrees to chaperone. But Yunmi worries that the other children will
make fun of Halmoni's traditional Korean dress and unfamiliar food.

Jama Kim 

Marisa gets to help make dumplings this year to celebrate the New Year. But
she worries if anyone will eat her funny-looking dumplings.

On the list to be scanned by someone else:

Lights for Gita
By Rachna Gilmore
Alice Priestley (Illustrator)
Tilbury House Publishers, 2000
Ages 4-8

Gita and her family have just moved far away from all their family, from
India to Canada. It is time for the Hindu festival, Divali, a harvest
festival of light and family and best of all, fireworks. However, Divali in
Canada (in November) is not the warm outdoor holiday it is in India,
especially as a huge ice storm hits. Gita is disappointed as her friends
cancel their visits and Papa cancels the fireworks, but Mummy shows her that
the true meaning of the holiday lies beyond fireworks. This story shows how
we can celebrate and adapt our Asian holidays in North America, even in the
middle of an ice storm. Asian Pacific American families finding themselves
in snow country will appreciate this book.

*Sam and the lucky money*
     Chinn, Karen,
On Chinese New Year's Day, Sam can hardly wait to go shopping with his mom.
His grandparents have given him the traditional gift of "lucky money"-and
this year he is finally old enough to spend it any way he chooses. Enhanced
by beautiful watercolors, this touching story teaches children that every
gift is precious when given from the heart. Text copyright 2004 Lectorum
Publications, Inc.

The Name Jar
By Yangsook Choi (author and illustrator)
Dragonfly Books, 2003
Ages 4-8

Unhei has just come to America from Korea, and on her first day of school,
she is teased on the bus for her Korean name. She decides that she needs to
find a more American sounding name, and her classmates try to help her by
putting name suggestions into a big glass jar. In the end, she decides that
her Korean name, which means “grace,” fits her just fine, and she teaches
her classmates how to pronounce it correctly. At the same time, a Caucasian
classmate also decides to take on a Korean name, too, meaning “friend.”

This is a story that will resonate with many APA children (especially those
not named David or Grace Lee) as well as their friends and classmates as
they take pride in their unique names and heritage. As I tell my own
children, “That’s not a weird name, just one you’re not used to. If you
lived in Korea or India, ‘Ashley’ would be a weird name that no one could

Jamie in Michigan

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