Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great nonfiction book that teaches in a fun way.
By Ann Martin Bowler
Illustrations by Soosoonam Barg
64 pages – ages 7+
Published by Tuttle Publishing on April 10, 2011
Opening and Synopsis-
Opening: “What’s the spiciest food you’ve ever eaten? How do you break a board with your bare hand? Why in the world would you send a message off on a kite at the end of the year? Can Blue Dragons protect you?”
Synopsis from publisher: “Perfect for educators or parents wishing to teach kids about different Asian cultures, this new book in the Tuttle All About Asia series includes favorite games, foods, special holiday times and after-school activities unique to Korea. All About Korea is a fun-filled journey to a new place. Korean culture and history are featured prominently in this colorful Korean book for kids, allowing an educational as well as entertaining experience.
- Learn how to play the exciting Korean see-saw game with a friend, how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Korean, and how kids say “hello!”
- Other activities include making a White Tiger puppet, playing jegi (Korean hacky-sack) and singing “Arirang,” Korea’s most beloved song.
- Enjoy the traditional Korean stories “Taming a Tiger” and “Two Foolish Green Frogs.”
- Easy Korean recipes are included for delicious treats like kimbap (roll-your-own wraps) and songpyeon (sweet filled rice cakes).
All About Korea is a book for families to treasure together. It offers not only the most important facts about Korean, but also reflects the spirit that makes Korea one-of-a-kind.”
What I Thought- This is a great activity-filled ,information-packed book that teaches you about life as it is and was in Korea (see my review of All About China from the same publisher HERE). It talks about the activities of Korea, daily life in Korea, games and traditions of Korea, and much more! It says a little about the separating of North and South Korea, and that there is now a huge military boarder in between (in the “A Bit of History” section). It says that the book is about life in South Korea, because the two governments have gone different ways. There is a huge diversity in the things to read about. Ms. Bowler has written a wonderful encyclopedia-like resource, with lots of activities to make it more exciting than just reading a textbook. Ms. Barg’s illustrations are a cool format and make the story come to life. They are realistic and captivating. I could see schools or homeschool families using this book to teach a whole unit on Korea.
Activities and Resources – Tuttle Publishing has a ton of resources to go along with the book – Click HERE to get it.
One of the crafts I really like in the packet from Tuttle is to make a folding fan –
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!