Ages 7 to 14 years. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, will bring much attention and focus to the country. In this book, children can dig in with hands, feet, and mind to 4,000 years of China's history, traditions, and culture. Through photographs, illustrations, diagrams, interviews, and activities, children will: Meet children in the city and children in the provinces and learn about the games they play and what today's Chinese kids are really like; Experience the rich culture of China and learn about Chinese New Year customs, the musical qualities of jade, ancient philosophies and religions, calligraphy, music, and foods; Visit the varied environment of this massive country: the Grand Canal, the largest rivers of Asia, the colossal Three Gorges Dam, Mount Everest, and the Gobi Desert; Learn about unique and endangered animals native to China: the giant panda, the takin, and the South China tiger. Over 40 activities, modern photographs, diagrams, and humorous art bring this fascinating country to life.
Debbi Michiko Florence is a California native, but she has called many places home including Shanghai, China -- she is a former teacher, Associate Curator of Education for the Detroit Zoo and travel author. Today, she is a full-time children's author and writes from wherever home may be.