Featured books by Roseanne Thong

'Twas Nochebuena

'Twas Nochebuena

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Sara Palacios
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

In the cadence of Clement Moore's holiday poem, a Latino family celebrates Christmas Eve. They make tamales with masa, play games (including a piñata) and more until the children are in bed and everyone is wished Feliz Navidad! A glossary of Spanish words concludes this cheerfully illustrated fiesta.

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Carles Ballesteros
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

A festive and colorful celebration of the Mexican and Latin American holiday. The rhyming narrative introduces the traditions practiced during El Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, from the sugary, skull-shaped candies (calaveras) and altars built in remembrance of the dearly departed to decorating tombstones and picnics at the cemetery. Spanish words are sprinkled throughout.

Fly Free!

Fly Free!

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Eujin Kim Neilan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product description: "Fly free, fly free, in the sky so blue, When you do a good deed, it will come back to you." Mai loves feeding the caged birds near the temple but dreams that one day she'll see them fly free. Then she meets Thu and shares the joy of feeding the birds with her. This sets a chain of good deeds in motion that radiates throughout her village and beyond. Set in Vietnam, Roseanne Thong's inspiring story is elegantly illustrated with watercolor on wood by Eujin Kim Neilan.

Green Is a Chile Pepper

Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style illustrations accompany bouncy rhymes that incorporate Spanish words; all colors appear in both Spanish and English.

One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers

One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Grace Lin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The Chinese-American girl introduced in Round Is a Mooncake (2000) and Red Is a Dragon (2001, both Chronicle) counts her favorite things. In bouncy verse, she engages in activities with her multicultural friends and family…A glossary gives two-sentence explanations for the Asian elements, from Eight Immortals to mahjong tiles, adding versatility and ethnic interest to the book without intruding on its simplicity. — School Library Journal

Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors

Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Grace Lin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
Genre: Fiction

In this lively concept book a little girl discovers a rainbow of colors in the world around her. Red is a dragon in the Chinese New Year parade, yellow are the taxis she sees on her street, green are jade bracelets and the crunchy kale growing in her garden. Many of the featured objects are Asian in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text and an informative glossary.

Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Grace Lin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

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.

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish words which are defined in illustrations reminiscent of folk art. A glossary of Spanish words concludes this engaging glimpse into Mexican culture.

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World

Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales

Children around the world make wishes. Information about what makes a wish come true follows a short poem. Each tradition is placed on a double-page spread accompanied by jewel-toned illustrations.

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