This week’s Fantastic Fiction for Kids is brought to you by Tarie, an editor and educator in the Philippines who has not one brilliant blog, but three!
She blogs about literature for the young and young at heart at Into the Wardrobe, Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind and Color Online. Her favourite children’s and young adult books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Welcome to Junior High! by L.E. Blair, and Good Enough by Paula Yoo.
Without further ado, here are Tarie’s books for this week – all on the theme of Asian Fantasies.
Written by Ai-Ling Louie and illustrated by Ed Young
Yeh-Shen is a very interesting version of Cinderella because it incorporates elements of ancient Chinese culture. Ed Young’s amazing illustrations make it even more compelling. It’s a must read picture book for fans of Cinderella or fairy tales in general. For Tarie’s full review click here and for a fantastic round up of other Cinderella stories do take a look at Teach with Picture Book‘s recent post “The Cinderella Tale: A Mirror of Culture“.
Written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a richly and gorgeously illustrated middle grade novel. It feels fresh because it is a retelling of several Chinese folktales. Yet it also feels like a classic because of its high literary merit. This is one of my new favorites! (For Tarie’s full review click here)
I (Zoe) loved reading Tarie’s selections, not least as they reminded me of one of my favourite books as a child – Nezha stirs up the sea by Li Hongen – the illustrations were so exciting, interesting and magical. Rereading that book now I’m not impressed with the text (it’s rather crudely adapted from a film), but the illustrations transport me back to my childhood and I remember how much I enjoyed them.
For today’s listening you could try The Internet Chinese Music Archive – hundreds of free tracks (in various formats) of both traditional and modern Chinese music. I’d also recommend heading over to Mama Lisa who has a great page of Japanese children’s music
As to fun activities which pair up with these lovely books you could try these:
Please do pop over to one of Tarie’s blogs (my personal favourite is Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind) and say hello! And then do come back and let us know what books and activities you would add to this list…