by Lenore Look with pictures by Meilo So
Another wonderfully illustrated book by Meilo So.
This is a biography on the calligrapher Wu Daozi. When an old monk attempts to teach a young Daozi the art of calligraphy, his brush doesn’t cooperate. Instead he draws peonies and dancing Buddhas. Soon his work is admired by many of the villages and his art comes to life.
It’s a beautiful book about an art form China is famous for. It got my kids to try their own hand at calligraphy.
If you want to continue reading more books about Lunar New Year, you can find my list HERE.
BOOKS ABOUT PANDAS
When looking for books about China – I just happened to find lots of cute books starring China’s favourite animal: the panda.
We LOVE pandas! I mean who doesn’t?
Find my post over here on all you can read pandas.
Beyond kids books about China, we had lots of fun exploring the theme of China. And you can too!
Firstly, we went for Chinese food. Well, we go eat Chinese a lot . If you are in a major city centre, I am sure there is no shortage of Chinese restaurants for you to try. And you can go out on a limb and try dim sum!
If you do go for dim sum here are some pretty standard delicious dishes: Siu Mai (a pork dumpling topped with a scallop and roe), Har Gow (steamed shrimp dumplings), and sticky rice in lotus leaf (really yummy rice stuffed with a pork mixture). Just these three dishes are a good start and my kids LOVE them! For a more comprehensive list refer to Dim Sum Central’s Guide
I also took the kids to a Chinese bakery and we got lots of treats. Our favourite is always always the pineapple bun. Which is not filled with pineapple. It’s got coconut in it but the top is decorated like a sugary pineapple and they are DELICIOUS. My husband prefers the egg tarts.
My kids love using chopsticks but as you may know – this is tricky! We have a few set of these training chopsticks!
Ni Hao, Kai Lan
This is a really cute cartoon we discovered last year. Kids learn Mandarin words and phrases from a little girl, Kai Lan, and her grandfather.
Travel Kids: China Pandas
I love this series by Nat Geo kids – they have a video for tons of countries all over the world.
We had a great month reading kids books about China! And eating all the great food we got to eat. If you can’t book a flight to China right now (which due to Coronavirus you definitely can’t do), the next best thing is ‘travelling’ from your couch.
As always, happy exploring (and reading!),
Kids Books About China