"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."

"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

World Geography: China

Postcard-Geography Album page on China
Did you know the Chinese once thought their land was the center of the world! 
China or Chung Kuo means middle kingdom.
These are some topics for exploration:
rice
yin/yang
Chinese Chess
Floating Homes
Foot Binding
Revolutions and New Nations, 1825-1900
The Opium War
The Taiping Rebellion
The Boxer Rebellion
Confucius, a chinese thinker and philosopher
Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of Unified China, started the building of the The Great Wall (and is also known for burning books.)
Empress Wu Zetian, was the only woman in China known to be Empress
Genghis Khan, a military man and founder of the Mongol Empire
Wild China (movie)

Because Ticia and I have switched this month, I am linking this up at Adventures in Mommydom.

books:
  • The Five Chinese Brothers 
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo, Arlene Mosel
  • The Story About Ping, Marjorie Flack
  • The House of Sixty Fathers, Meindert DeJong, (3rd grade/age 8 and up) Story set in China during the early days of the Japanese invasion.
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (5th grade/age 10 and up) set in 1920s Chungking.
  • Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold, Janet Benge (5th grade/age 10 and up), Liddell refuses to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race and then wins a victory in the 400-meter race.Years later, Eric Liddell would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China.
  • Homesick, Jean Fritz, (3rd grade/age 8 and up)  fictionalized autobiography of growing up in China in the midst of political unrest.
  • Li-Lun: Lad of Courage, Treffinger
  • The Magic Tapestry, Demi (This story is also in  Wonder Tales From Around the World, Heather Forest
  • The Dragon Prince, A Chinese Beauty and The Beast Tale, Laurence Yep
  • Beautiful Warrior, The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu, Emily McCully, Set during the Ming dynasty,  this is a retelling of the legend of Wu Mei, a woman who was allowed to study Kung Fu ("human effort") with Buddhist monks at the Shaolin Monastery.
  • The Great Wall of China by Leonard Evert Fisher
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year, Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith. This is about more than just the Chinese New Year celebration, but shows many aspects of Chinese life and culture. Beautiful photos.
sources and inspiration:

1 comment:

  1. I think China is one of my favorite countries to study. So many fun things to study in there.
    Though, if I were completely honest I'd probably say that about a good 1/3 of them.

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