Disclosure: I received a free copy to assess. All opinions stated are solely my own.
Author Jillian Lin hated history class while growing up. With teachers droning on about dates that required rote memorization, learning history was not enjoyable.
This all changed years later when Lin states, “I realized then that history doesn’t have to be about boring facts and dates. It can be as exciting, gripping, and fascinating as the best made-up adventure stories. I realized that in the very word ‘history’ sits the word I’ve always loved: ‘story.’ Inspired, I decided to bring those stories from Chinese history to life. No dates, no dry details — just interesting stories that children as young as five can enjoy and hopefully, learn a fact or two in the process.”
Lin recently released the first e-book in her collection of historical Chinese e-books called, The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall. Illustrated by Shi Ming, the book tells the story of China’s first emperor who built the Great Wall, unified China, and was buried with thousands of terracotta warriors. Fun fact: China was named after him.
China boasts a history spanning thousands of years, but the stories encompassing them are often too complex for young children to read and understand. Lin makes learning Chinese history accessible to children by using simple language and vivid illustrations to tell stories.
The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall is ideal for children aged 5-12 years. For younger kids, parents can read the story to them as well as the “Did You Know” section and a mini quiz in the back of the book.
Here’s a sampling posted on Lin’s website:
What happens next? Find out by picking up a copy on Amazon.com. The e-book is available for $2.99.
BONUS PROMOTION: Readers can download a copy for FREE on Amazon.com during the first two days of the Chinese New Year on February 19 and 20, 2015. CLICK HERE for Lin’s Amazon page.
Other books in Lin’s historical China e-book collection include:
- The King Without A Throne – The Story of Confucious available now HERE
- The Miracle Doctor (to be released in March 2015)
- The Mountain Man of Words and Music (to be released in April 2015)
- The Dreamer of Stars (to be released in May 2015)
- The First and Only Female Emperor (to be released in July 2015)
- The Greatest Explorer in the World (to be released in August 2015)
- The Pirate King (to be released in September 2015)
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Images courtesy of Jillian Lin