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Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

A loving mother asks animals from a water buffalo to a lizard to "hush" so her baby can sleep. Once the noises stop, the mother herself sleeps — and the baby is now awake! Textured illustrations evoke the Thai setting and convey the understated humor of this unique bedtime book.

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

Grandparents and grandchildren share something special everywhere. Here the universal story of a grandmother and her granddaughter is made unique as it reflects their Hawaiian life and style.

Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

A girl discovers things that are round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood. A gently rhyming text and crisply lined illustrations reveal many things that are universally recognizable as well as others that come from the child's Chinese background.

Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat

Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

No one would want to meet a greedy cat like this! A very hungry and especially greedy cat eats a series of animals and people — "Gobble, gobble, slip, slop" — until clever crabs help them all find a way out. A quite contrite cat promises never to be greedy again in this lively and handsomely illustrated retelling of a traditional tale.

All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet

Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Myths and Legends
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

There's a saying that "slow but steady wins the race." In this richly illustrated book, the saying is recast as a Tibetan tale about a boy and his reliable yak and an impatient rider on a speedy horse, both on their way to the holy city of Lhasa.

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Based on an ancient Chinese story (which pre-dates European versions), a girl overcomes her wicked stepmother to marry the prince. Jewel-like illustrations by Caldecott medalist Ed Young bring this variation of the classic tale to life. Country of origin: China  

Henry's First Moon Birthday

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Jen helps her Chinese-American family get ready for the traditional celebration of her brother Henry’s one-month birthday. Lively, stylized illustrations move the story at a quick pace to its satisfying conclusion.

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Uriko is small but brave, determined, and smart. In fact, she saves the town’s children when they are kidnapped by hungry oni, the ogres of Japanese lore whose favorite food is baby belly buttons. This lively retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale reads aloud well and is complemented by the illustrations, which call to mind the tale's Asian origin.

In the Leaves

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

On a beautiful autumn morning, Xiao Ming, his mom and his friends visit a farm. As they explore the season and the location, Xiao Ming introduces his friends to several Chinese characters. Textured cut paper collage extend the story and the learning.

Dim Sum for Everyone

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

A Chinese family goes out for dim sum ("little dishes"), choosing their favorites off the restaurant cart and sharing with each other. The illustrations evoke the textures and patterns in this traditional meal, and an endnote provides background on the cultural history and customs surrounding dim sum.

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