W1 Supplementary Books
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* indicates picture book for young child
* indicates picture book for young child
by Diane Wolkstein
A Chinese folk tale about problem solving.
by Emily Arnold McCully
The Legend of the Nun's Kung Fu. "A lively retelling of the legend of Wu Mei, a woman who was allowed to study Kung Fu with Buddhist monks at the Shaolin Monastery. Political turmoil isolates Wu Mei from her family but her self=discipline and dedication provide a new path.".
A Grain of Rice
by Helena Clare Pittman
A clever peasant farmer wins the hand of the Emperor's beautiful daughter.
A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night
by Song Nan Zhang
The Chinese Cultural Revolution through the eyes of a young boy.
*The Children of China: An Artist's Journey
by Song Nan Zhang
A beautiful book of Chinese family life painted by a Chinese artist.
*The Emperor and the Kite
by Jane Yolen (1967)
A tale of ancient China of a young daughter of the emperor who is so tiny, her father never notices her until she saves his life.
*The Five Chinese Brothers
by Claire Huchet Bishop
Classic story of 5 clever brothers, each with an extraordinary gift.
*Grandfather Tang's Story
by Ann Tomperl
"Drawing on a Chinese form of storytelling with seven shapes cut from a square of paper, Tompert recounts the tale of two fox fairies."
*The Last Dragon
by Susan Miho Nunes
Learn Chinese culture and story behind Chinese New Year.
Li Lun, Lad of Courage
by Carolyn Treffinger
Banished to a lonely mountaintop to grow rice, Li Lun does what no one has been able to do before.
by Eleanor Lattimore
Little Pear is a small boy who lives in rural China.
by Jacqueline Ayer
Set in Hong Kong, an old man finds an old, lost doll and gives it love and attention.
by Hans Christian Andersen
Beautifully illustrated version.
by Gian Paolo Ceserani (1982)
Wonderfully illustrated book of Marco Polo's stay the court of Kublai Khan in China.
*Ming-Lo Moves the Mountain
by Arnold Lobel
A whimsical Chinese folktale of a a hard-to-please wife.
Starry River by the Sky
by Grace Lin
The moon has gone missing and a young boy weaves in Chinese folk lore to solve the mystery.
*The Story of Ping
by Marjorie Flack (1933)
This story of a little duck's misadventures on the Yangtze River has charmed generations of children.
Tales of a Chinese Grandmother
by Frances Carpenter (1937)
An endearing look at Chinese culture through the eyes of a grandmother.
*Tikki Tikki Tembo
by Arlene Mosel
An ancient Chinese folktale about a boy with a very long name.
Gladys Aylward, the Little Woman
by Gladys Aylward and Christian Hunter (1970)
"With no mission board to support or guide her, and less than ten dollars in her pocket, Gladys Aylward left her home in England to answer God's call to take the message of the gospel to China. With the Sino-Japanese War waging around her, she struggled to bring the basics of life and the fullness of God to orphaned children. Time after time, God triumphed over impossible situations, and drew people to Himself. The Little Woman tells the story of one woman's determination to serve God at any cost. With God all things are possible!"
by Jean Fritz
Popular children's book writer, Jean Fritz, tells her own childhood experiences living in China during the turbulent 20s.
House of 60 Fathers
by Meindert deJong
Little Tien Pao is alone in enemy territory during Second Sin-Japanese War and must make a dangerous journey to try and re-unite with his family.
No Mountain Too High
by Myrna Grant
Trailblazers Series version of Gladys Aylward story.
Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-Li Jiang
Memoir of a young girl in Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
by Lloyd Alexander
A rich fantasy of a young boy's journey from innocence to experience.
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
An early Newbery winner; a 13 year old boy must adjust from rural farming life to city life.
The Earth is the Lord's
by Taylor Caldwell (1955)
Caldwell is a largely forgotten writer of historical fiction from the 50s. She has a gift for bringing history to life. This work tells the story of the world of Genghis Khan.
The Keys of the Kingdom
by A.J. Cronin (1941)
'AJ Cronin tells a wonderfully moving and inspiring story of a young Scottish priest who sets out to China and spends the better part of his life overcoming many hardships to establish a Catholic mission there.'
The Small Woman
by Alan Burgess (1957)
A gripping story of the unique ministry of one woman in 1932 China. Basis of Inn of the Sixth Happiness movie.
by Jung Chang
Best selling classic of 3 generations of women in 20th century China. Unforgettable.
JAPAN/ OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth
In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village's head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck.
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
by Katherine Paterson
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured by a greedy lord.
by Taro Yashima (1955)
A shy Japanese boy is misjudged by his classmates.
Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story
by Ken Mochizuki
One man makes a difference as he helps thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust, although it disgraces his family.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr
Touching true story of a terminally ill Japanese girl post WW2.
Three Strong Women
by Claus Stamm
A humorous tall tale from Japan.
*The Warrior and the Wiseman
by David Wisniewski
An emperor gives his twin sons, one a warrior and one a wise man, a quest to see which will rule his kingdom.
*The Blind Man and the Elephant
Classic tale of 6 blind men who draw different conclusions of what an elephant looks like.
*Once A Mouse
by Marcia Brown (1961)
A timid mouse is turned into a cat, a dog, and a tiger. Caldecott.
*One Grain of Rice
A mathematical folktale.
by Rudyard Kipling, ill. by Jerry Pinckney
by Pam Newton
A retelling of a traditional Indian tale in which a discontented stonecutter is never satisfied with each wish that is granted him.
Daughter of the Mountains
by Louise Rankin (1993)
A little girl makes a dangerous journey from the mountains of Tibet to the city of Calcutta in search of her stolen dog. Newbery.
Teresa of Calcutta
by D. Jeanene Wilson
Sower Series Biography of Mother Teresa
MIDDLE SCHOOL (cont'd)
Tales from India
by J.E.B. Gray
Wonderful retelling of India's lore for older children.
Two Under the Indian Sun
by Jon and Rumer Godden
" In 1914, following the outbreak of war, two small sisters left London to return to India. This book is their remembrance of the five years that followed. Jon and Rumer Godden capture all the colour, sound and smell of exotic India, but especially they bring to life again the people of every kind-of place, custom and religion--and as children they were befriended by all. This book is Imperial India remembered, seen through the honesty and clarity of children's eyes."
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
By one of the most inspiring men of our times.
The art work of Carl Larsson. I love these books that give a glimpse of family life in Sweden at the turn of last century:
Children of the Northlights
Back in print! Culture of Northern Scandinavia, illustrated as only the d'Aulaires can do.
The Diamond Bird and Other Stories
by Anna Wahlenberg
Swedish fairy tales of kindness and respect for the elderly.
East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon
by Gudrun Thorne-Thomson
Gudrun shares old Norwegian folk tales she heard as a child.
Another version by Peter Asbjornsen (1953)
*The Emperor's New Clothes
by Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Virgina Burton
*Flicka, Ricka and Dicka and the Strawberries
by Maj Lindman (1940s)
Check out all the delightful stories of 3 Swedish sisters.
*Pelle's New Suit
by Elsa Bestow (1900)
Classic story of where we get our clothes.
by Astrid Lindgren (1945)
Beloved story of a spunky girl and her hilarious adventures.
*Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Buttered Bread
by Maj Lindman
And here are the 3 Swedish brothers!
by Marie McSwigan
Norwegian children outsmart Nazis who have captured their village.
*The Steadfast Tin Soldier
by Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Marcia Brown
Tales from a Finnish Tupa
by James Bowman (1936)
Everyday tales of Finnish people, beautifully told.
*The Three Bill Goats Gruff
Ill. by Marcia Brown
Favorite folk tale.
by Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Susan Jeffers
*The Ugly Duckling
by Hans Christian Andersen, ill. by Jerry Pinckney
by Karin Anckarsvard (1965)
Translated from Swedish. A young boy longs to be a doctor like his father and learns to care for the needs of others.
Hakon of Rogen's Saga, A Slave's Tale (sequel)
by Erik Christian Haugaard
Set in the end of the Viking era, this is the story of a young boy's quest to regain his birthright after his father's murder. Set in harsh but heroic days.