Posted by: jeannineatkins | March 17, 2008

China: Over 40 Activities to Experience China—Past and Present

I’m not planning to visit China or even to do over 40 activities. I ordered this book because its author, Debbi Michiko Florence d_michiko_f is cool and I was curious, and it’s been a great journey I’ve only begun. CHINA (A Kaleidoscope Kids Book) starts out with simplified maps and short explanations of the diversity within the enormous country’s cities, deserts, and mountains. We get gorgeous photographs and some history of the Silk Road and the Great Wall. Considering a child’s interests, we learn about families, schools, games, and hear some voices of real children sharing their favorite things to do – and eat. There is an overview of inventions including silk, porcelain, fireworks, a particular kind of compass and paper, and instructions on how to make a compass and paper (not silk or fireworks!) It was fun to read about holidays, with recipes for special foods and tips on using chopsticks. I learned about art, music, acrobatics, and animals. You’ve got to love a country with tigers, pandas, and takin (“rhymes with rockin’”). I’d have to say it seemed like way more than 40 activities here.. the book is packed. The one calling me, because it is adorable, and because it looks like something I could actually manage, is the panda mask: paper plate, black construction paper,scissors, glue, and a popsicle stick. Hey, I could get into being a panda (da xiongmao – see the book for pronunciation) for the day. Thanks, Debbi!

You can read about more nonfiction at the roundup organized by Anastasia Suen on her Picture Book of the Day blog,



  1. WOW! Thank you so much for the kind words about my book! I’m so glad you are enjoying it! If you make the panda mask, I’d love to see you post a pic!

  2. Oh, absolutely. Maybe we need panda-bunnies around this Easter! Can’t wait to hear more about Saturday! You’re so good with your camera!

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