By Lily Toy Hong (Albert Whitman & Company – 1993)
When a poor old Chines farmer is digging in his garden, he finds a magic brass pot that doubles or duplicates whatever is placed inside it. But his efforts to make himself wealthy lead to unexpected complications. This is a Chinese folktale with a good blend of humor and wisdom.
By Roseanne Thong, Illustrated by Grace Lin (Chronicle Books – 2001) A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear. Many of the featured object are Asian in origin, but all are universal in appeal.>>>More details of some words related Chinese culture are found on the last pages.
By Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Illustrated by Meilo So Grandpa Tu is famous for his special noodles and as the emperor’s birthday approaches, he encourages his granddaughter Mei, to find her own magic. This book is written in the style of a Chinese folk story, with engaging cultural, community, and family elements.
By Lisa Bullard, Illustrated by Katie Saunders (Millbrook Press – 2012) Chelsea’s family is celebrating Chinese New Year. She and her family have a big feast. Find out the different ways people celebrate this special day!>>> One of the collection of Cloverleaf Books-Holidays and Special days.
Chelseaと家族にとって、中国の旧正月は大事な行であり盛大な祝いである。この特別な日をどのように祝うのか説明をしている。＞＞＞これはCloverleaf Books-Holidays and Special daysコレクションの中の一作品。
By Susan Lendroth, Illustrated by Priscilla Burris (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2018)
The festival of traditional Japanese arts is coming up, and little Natsumi’s big personality is too much for her family’s quieter traditions, until her grandfather introduces her to taiko drumming. Natsumi performs taiko beating on the stage of the festival! Even Natsumi is the smallest on the stage, she will be the loudest drummer one day.
By Gloria Whelan, Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene (Sleeping Bear Press – 2008) Inspired on the nineteenth-century Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige and his series of “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.” In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Japanese provincial governors had to travel to Edo (modern-day Tokyo) as making a long line with thousand attendants (carriers).Yuki’s father has been called to Edo, and she and her mother must accompany him in this royal procession. To ease her homesickness, Yuki capture her thoughts and impression in Haiku, one of Japanese forms of poetry.
By Ji-li Jiang, Illustrated by Greg Ruth (Disney/Hyperion Books – 2013) When Tai Shan and his fatherr, Baba, fly kites from their roof and look down at the crowded city street below, they feel free, like the kites. Then, a bad time comes. People wearing red armband shut down the school, smash store signes, and search houses. Baba is sent away, and Tai Shan goes to live with Granny Wang. Though father and son are far apart, every day they greet each other by flying their kites-one red and one blue-until Baba can be free again, like the kites.>>> Historical note is included.
Tai Shanと父親のBabaは、屋根の上から街の人混みを見下ろしながら、いつも一緒に凧あげを楽しんだ。ところが暗い時代がやって来た。赤い腕章をつけた人達が、学校を閉鎖し、店の看板を壊し、家家を捜査して回った。Babaも遠くに連れてゆかれ、Tai Shanは祖母と暮らした。父と離れ離れになった息子だが、彼等は赤と青の凧を交互にあげては、お互いを確認し合っていた。そして、それはBabaが自由の身になるまで継続した。歴史に翻弄されながらも、父と子の変わらぬ絆が伝わってくる。＞＞＞時代背景の説明も記載されている。
By Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Illustrated by Kristi Valiant (Shen’s Books – 2009) Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when all her older siblings are away, Cora’s mother finally lets her help make Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. The delightful text and charming illustrations captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. Includes recipe for Pancit, and glossary of Tagalog words.
By Andrea Cheng, Illustrated by Ed Young (Lee & Low Books Inc. – 2005) A free-verse novel about eleven-years-old Xiao Mei’s visit with her extended family in China, where the Chinese-American girl finds many differences but also the similarities that bind a family together.
By Huy Voun Lee (Henry Holt and Company – 2005) One beautiful autumn day, Xiao Ming and his friends take a trip to a farm. Xiao Ming can’t wait to show his friends the new Chinese characters he has learned, and his friends are just as excited to see them >>>The author was born in Phnom Penn, Cambodia and moved to the United Sates in 1975, and she has illustrated 3 other books about Chinese characters.