SHANYI GOES TO CHINA by Sungwan So

SHANYI GOES TO CHINA

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Age Range: 6 - 9
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Shanyi and her family are off to China. They last went when Shanyi was three, and she doesn’t remember much, so this time she’s going to write a journal to share with her friends. From arrival to departure, she visits several different regions of China and describes what she sees, including her extended Chinese family, the different modes of transportation she encounters, a trip to the zoo, some cultural and religious practices, the food she eats, the clothing she tries on and the landmarks she sees. Each spread includes lively and colorful photographs of Shanyi on her travels, accompanied by short paragraphs that provide some background. While very successful as a photo essay—the images are striking and have a narrative of their own—the text doesn’t work as well and is at times so basic that it seems extraneous. Taken as a whole, however, this travel journal will be useful to teachers, familiar to any child who has visited relatives in another country, and fascinating to anyone who wonders what life in modern China might be like. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-84507-470-X
Page count: 38pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2006




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