Disclosure: I received a sample copy to assess. All opinions stated are my own.
When raising a bicultural child, it can be challenging to consistently reinforce the minority side of the heritage unless the child is immersed in it due to geographical location, proximity to relatives who practice cultural traditions, or the like.
That’s the case with my child who has some exposure to her Chinese roots but not enough where she has a really good understanding of it. For example, she knows there’s a country called China where Chinese people are from but that’s about it. That’s why I was glad to have the opportunity to review the book All About China – Stories, Song, Crafts and More for Kids [Tuttle Publishing].
Written by Allison “Aixin” Branscombe and illustrated by Lin Wang, the book gives children a great overview of China and its culture. Given this is an immense topic to delve into, I thought the book did a great job of providing important highlights in a kid-friendly manner. It certainly more than what I could have covered myself.
It’s not a picture book for young kids, but rather a book that parents can read to younger children or an older child can read to himself. Topics include subjects such as:
- A Tour of China’s Famous Historic Places
- A Look at China’s Geography
- 5,000 Years of Culture and Inventions
- Daily Life in China
- Family Traditions and Customs
- Food and Eating
- Chinese Beliefs
- Chinese Zodiac Animals
- Important Festival and Holidays
This beautiful 64 page full-color illustrated hardcover book was published in November 2014 and can be purchased at www.tuttlepublishing.comor on Amazon. It would make a great gift for not only Chinese-American children, but any child who is curious about the world.
Author & Illustrator Bios
Allison Branscombe is an avid traveler, researcher and writer. After adopting two children from China, she took a keen interest in learning about the country in order to help her children learn about their heritage. Her interest grew as she became a founding board member of Families with Children from Chinain Northern California, helping to organize Mandarin playgroups and other cultural and educational learning opportunities. As a board member of the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation, and a founding organizer for Sacramento’s Chinatown Mall Culture Fair, she developed arts, crafts, and other instructional activities for children. Allison and her family have traveled extensively in China. She resides in California.
Lin Wang loved to draw and paint as a child and started art training at a very young age. She couldn’t imagine herself doing anything other than painting when she grew up. She went on to attend prestigious Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts inChina to study oil painting. Lin got her MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has illustrated many children’s books. Lin lives in theSan FranciscoBay area with her husband and children.