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Bibliography of Resources for ABC's

This is a bibliography of resources that our students used to develop the ABC Chinese facts.


On Line Internet Resources

Animated dragon graphic from Kitty Roach's PageWorks. http://www.snowcrest.net/kitty/


Off Line Resources

Compton's MultiMedia Encyclopedia CD-ROM, 1996.

World Book Encyclopedia, 1996.

Judy Chang, Artist-in-Residence, Loogootee Community Schools, October 1998.

Flights of Fancy. Copy Cat Magazine, Jan/Feb 1989. pages 8-10. This resource article explains how to recycle paper and create other projects with this activity.

Non Fiction

Fisher, Leonard. The Great Wall of China. New York, NY: Aladdin Picture Books, 1995. A brief history of the Great Wall of China, begun about 2,200 years ago to keep out Mongol invader

Harvey, Miles. Look What Came from China (Look What Came from Series). Chicago: Franklin Watts, 1998 Describes the important inventions and contributions to the world from Chinese culture.

Yen, Clara. Why Rat Comes First : A Story of the Chinese Zodiac . Chicago: Children's Book Press,1991. Chinese folktale that tells about the Chinese calendar. Tells about the animals and symbols that make up the Chinese yearly calendar.

Coterell, Arthur. Ancient China (Eyewitmess Books). New York: Knopf, 1994. Tells and shows three thousand years of Chinese history, from the earliest dynasty to the twentieth century, and examine some of the contributions China has made to the world.

Haskins, Jim. Count Your Way Through China. New York: Carolrhoda Books, 1988. Presents the numbers one through ten in Chinese, using each number to introduce concepts about China and Chinese culture.

Goldstein, Peggy. Long is a Dragon: Chinese Writing for Children. Book shows how to make the brush strokes and tells of the character origins of Chinese writings.

Water, Kate and Madeline Solvenz-Low. Lion Dancer : Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year . New York, NY: Scholastic, 1991. Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.


Chin, Charlie, Tomie Arai. China's Bravest Girl : The Legend of Hua Mu Lan. Chicago: Children's Book Press, 1993. Legend of Hua Mu Lan who goes to war disguised as a man to save the family honor and becomes a great general.

San Souci, Robert. Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior. New York, NY: Hyperion Press, 1998. A retelling of the original Chinese poem in which a brave young girl masquerades as a boy and fights the Tartars in the Khan's army.

Yolen, Jane. The Emperor and the Kite. Chicago: Putnam Publishing, 1988. When the emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, his smallest daughter whom he has always ignored, uses her kite to save him.

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story from China. New York, NY: Paper Star, 1996. A haunting Chinese classical tale of "Little Red Riding Hood" follows the adventures of young Shang, Tao, and  Paotze, who encounter a terrifying wolf.

Demi. The Empty Pot. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1990. When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

Demi. Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, 1988. When a poor boy in China receives a magical paintbrush, everything he paints turns to life. But the wicked emperor wants to capture the boy when he hears the news.

Heyer, Marilee. The Weaving of a Dream: A Chinese Folktale. Minneapolis, MN: Viking Press, 1989. When the beautiful tapestry woven by a poor woman is stolen by fairies, her three sons set out on a magical journey to retrieve it. A retelling of a traditional Chinese tale.

Bishop, Claire. Five Chinese Brothers. New York, NY: Putman Publishing, 1988. The classic story of the Five Chinese Brothers, who use their extraordinary physical abilities to save the life of the First Chinese Brother, unfairly condemned to death for the accidental drowning of a selfish and naughty boy.

Flack, Marjorie. The Story About Ping . Minneapolis, MN: Viking Press, 1977. A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening.

Pittman, Helena Clare. A Grain of Rice . New York, NY: Demco Media Publications, 1996. A clever, cheerful, hard-working farmer's son wins the hand of a Chinese princess by outwitting her father the Emperor, who treasures his daughter more than all the rice in China.

Hillman, Elizabeth. Min-Yo and the Moon Dragon . New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Publishings, 1992. When the moon suddenly appears to be approaching the earth, young Min-Yo climbs the cobweb staircase between the earth and moon to ask the moon dragon for help.

Mahy, Margaret and Jean Mou-Sier Tang. Seven Chinese Brothers. New York, NY: Scholastic, 1992. Mahy retells the hero story of look-alike brothers who each possess a special physical ability.

Louis, Ai-Ling. Yeh-Shen : A Cinderella Story from China . New York, NY: Paper Star,1996. 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.

Mosel, Arlene and Blair Lent. Tikki Tikki Tembo . New York, NY: Henry Holt Publishing, 1989. When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent  pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.


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