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Asian Heritage


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by Shirin Yim
Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.

by Grace Lin
The wind is blowing. It is a good day for kites. The whole family makes a trip to the local craft store for paper, glue, and paint. Everyone has a job: Ma-Ma joins sticks together. Ba-Ba glues paper. Mei-Mei cuts whiskers, while Jie-Jie paints a laughing mouth. Dragon eyes are added and then everyone attaches the final touch...a noisemaker. Now their dragon kite is ready to fly. Kite Flying celebrates the Chinese tradition of kite making and kite flying and lovingly depicts a family bonded by this ancient and modern pleasure.

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by Sherry Garland
Legend has it that more than four thousand years ago a mighty dragon prince named Lac Long Quan married a fairy princess named Au Co. From these parents the Vietnamese people were born. With power, humor, and grace, Sherry Garland shares six of her favorite folktales of Vietnam. Passed down through the ages, these colorful stories depict the rich history, tribal customs, explanations of natural phenomena, and values so important to the Vietnamese people. Award-winning illustrator Trina Schart Hyman brings these magically entertaining and vividly detailed stories to life in an introduction to the folktales of Vietnam that is nothing less than masterful.

by Kathy Tucker
Each of the seven Chinese sisters has a noteworthy skill: the eldest rides a scooter as fast as the wind; the second knows karate; the third can count to 500 and beyond; the fourth can talk to dogs; the fifth can catch any ball; the sixth cooks delicious noodle soup. The baby's talents are as yet undiscovered. One day, a hungry red dragon from a faraway mountain smells the soup and flies straight to the sisters' house. Distracted by plump Seventh Sister, he snatches her and steals her away. Then the sisters kick into action, each utilizing her unique talent in the rescue mission. Lin expertly captures the drama and humor of the story with delightful paintings that reveal lovely Chinese landscapes and a quirky, not-too-scary dragon. (Booklist)

by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and The Children's Museum, Boston
Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. They can feast on golden New Year's dumplings and tasty moon cakes, build a miniature boat for the Dragon Boat Festival and a kite at Qing Ming, or share the story of the greedy Kitchen God or the valiant warrior Hou Yi.

by Rena Krasno
Important celebrations such as Oshogatsu (New Year's Festival), Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day), and Hina Matsuri (Girls' Day) are included in this work as well as the Cherry Blossom Festival and Day of Remembrance, which are Japanese-American observances. Interspersed throughout are folktales, songs, games, crafts, and recipes. There is a brief discussion of modern Japan in the section about the Sapporo Snow Festival, and the section about the Dolls' Festival includes information about Japan's policy of closing doors to foreign trade. Japanese words and phrases are in boldface and defined within the text. (School Library Journal)

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