Chinese New Year
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The Great Race Christopher Corr This is a highly recommendable retelling of the story of the Chinese Zodiac and how the order of the animals came about, new for 2018. The story is easy to understand for KS1 and reception with striking illustrations, containing wonderfully colourful spreads painted in an oriental folk style. This text holds a high level of appeal for young children and is perfect for learning about Chinese New Year. Also featured on: Reading For Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon The Runaway Wok Ying Chang Compestine & Sebastia Serra This story, which is a bit like Jack and the Beanstalk and the Gingerbread Man rolled into one, tells the story of a boy from a poor family celebrating Chinese New Year. The boy is sent to market for some food but much to his family’s disappointment he returns instead with a magic wok. When the wok runs away, little do the family know that it will soon bring back an enormous feast for their celebrations! We particularly like the beautiful and engaging illustrations brimming with detail and the repeated elements that make The Runaway Wok story easy to join in with. Buy on Amazon Lanterns and Firecrackers: A Chinese New Year Story Jonny Zucker & Jan Barger Cohen Suitable for Foundation Stage or KS1, Lanterns and Firecrackers is a simple story with accessible language and it would serve as a brilliant introduction to Chinese New Year. If follows the story of a family celebrating Chinese New Year as they set off firecrackers, watch the dragon dancers and light beautiful lanterns. Buy on Amazon The Magic Paintbrush Julia Donaldson and Joel Stewart A traditional Chinese tale from the popular author Julia Donaldson. The Magic Paintbrush is the story of a girl called Shen who uses her magic paintbrush to paint pots of fish and oysters to feed the hungry villagers. But when the evil emperor commands her to paint gold for him, can she keep her integrity and stick to her promise to use her paintbrush to help the poor? This exciting picture book tells a magical Chinese story that has the potential to be used across the whole primary age range. Buy on Amazon Li's Chinese New Year Fang Wang & Jennifer Corfield This is a wonderful dual language book that tells the story in English and Mandarin, perfect for exposing pupils to Chinese written characters or allowing Mandarin-speaking pupils to share in the narrative. The story is about a boy called Li, who needs to help his family to prepare for their exciting Chinese New Year celebrations as well as to find out about the different zodiac animals in order to decide which character to play in his school assembly. We think that it is hugely important to have dual language books in your classroom library and this one is perfect for the theme of Chinese New Year. Buy on Amazon The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac Dawn Casey & Anne Wilson This colourful picture book tells the story behind the Chinese Zodiac and includes useful background notes on Chinese astrology and festivals. When the Jade Emperor decides to hold a race across a great river, he decrees that the order in which the animals finish will determine how the years of the Zodiac will be named. This book has a popular appeal in primary classrooms, as pupils enjoy discovering which animal they are represented by, what their animal’s characteristics are and which other animals they naturally clash with! Buy on Amazon Tales from China Cyril Birch This is a collection of Chinese stories, including creation myths, legends of great Emperors and folktales of ghosts and magicians. Bring the magic of Chinese folk stories to life with this great collection of stories that will delight and engage the imaginations KS2 pupils. Also featured on: Ancient Civilisations (Shang Dynasty) Buy on Amazon The Kite Rider Geraldine McCaughrean If you are looking for something to engage KS2 on the theme of Ancient China, this gripping action-packed novel is for you. Haoyou feels compelled to save his mother from being forced into a new marriage after the death of his father. Can Haoyou use his powerful kite to find away of reaching his father’s spirit, who dwells with the spirits of the dead among the clouds? But when the Jade Circus arrives, Haoyou faces the question of whether the circus master can offer him the opportunity of a lifetime or whether it is going to lead him into the greatest danger yet. Also featured on: Ancient Civilisations (Shang Dynasty) Buy on Amazon Willow Pattern Story Allan Drummond This picture book is the story behind the famous blue and white willow pattern from Ancient China. With beautiful illustrations and an unusual end, Willow Pattern Story will leave both pupils and teachers enchanted and also works well as a good stimulus for art projects. Also featured on : Ancient Civilisations (Shang Dynasty) Buy on Amazon The Firework-Maker's Daughter Philip Pullman A popular novel set in Ancient China, suitable for Upper KS2 or more confident readers. The Firework-Maker's Daughter is the captivating story of Lila, who wants to be a firework maker just like her father. Follow her dangerous quest through strange lands as she journeys towards the evil Fire-Fiend. Also featured on: Ancient Civilisations (Shang Dynasty)