Monday, August 30, 2010

I See the Sun in China: Helping Children to Learn About Our World (Book Giveaway)

I’ve always had a strong interest in different countries and cultures, and I want to pass that same love on to my children. One way to do that is through reading books that let kids experience life in a foreign country. This can be especially effective when it’s through the eyes of a child. An excellent series for doing this is the I See the Sun Series, published by Satya House Publications. The books in this series help children experience “a day in the life” of a child in a different country.

My kids and I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this new series, I See the Sun in China, by Dedie King and illustrated by Judith Inglese. The first thing you notice when you pick up this children’s book is that it’s written in both English and Mandarin Chinese! My kids were fascinated by the Chinese characters, even though they were unable to read them. The next thing that stands out is the artwork. It’s done in sort of a collage format, with a mix of photographs, drawings, and paper cut-outs. It’s very unique and striking.

Finally, your kids will love the story about a little girl who lives in a rural area of China and takes a ferry to visit her aunt in the city of Shanghai. She is amazed at the huge skyscrapers in the big city, so different from her hometown. She and her aunt do many fun things in the city, taking readers along with them. Children learn, for example, that Chinese people often eat “congee,” a form of rice porridge, for breakfast. The Chinese also play games like Mah jong and do Tai Chi exercises. I See the Sun in China is an enchanting way to introduce children to daily life in China.

I See the Sun in China recently received a 2010 Preferred Choice Award in the Books for Kids category from the Creative Child Awards Program. And I’m thrilled that this book is just the first of a series. Coming soon will be I See the Sun in Nepal, I See the Sun in Afghanistan, I See the Sun in India, and I See the Sun in Russia. As modern technology enables us to interact more with people from different countries, it’s very important for our children to acquire a global perspective at an early age. I hope you’ll start by reading I See the Sun in China to your kids, and then moving on to all the books that come out in this terrific series. Go to www.iseethesunbooks.com for more information.


GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book, I See the Sun in China. To enter, leave a comment on this post with the name of any country that you’d like to learn more about or would like to visit. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Monday, September 13, 2010, at 11:59 PM EST. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Mama Zen!




DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the Amazon link in this post.

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