I’ve been busy with my manuscript revisions this week so haven’t posted here as much as I’ve wanted. But I haven’t stopped reading.
One book I’ve been reading many times each day is H is for Hong Kong (Things Asian Press, 2009).
Last week I received this book and immediately ripped open the plastic wrap so I could read the story to my kids. They loved it so much it’s now their favorite bedtime story. My 2 year old asks me to read it two or three times before nap time and in the evening.
Some of my kids’ favorite parts of the book include familiar things like a bamboo steamer of dim sum, a Chinese fan, goldfish, and a dragon.
New things they’ve learned about in this book: bamboo scaffolding, kung fu, the Star Ferry, double decker trams, Chinese medicine, a shoe repair stall, and many more.
Each page of the book features one aspect of Hong Kong, including a beautiful antique blueprint, the English, Chinese, and pinyin words for the image, and an English, Chinese, and pinyin couplet describing the image.
Today when my 4 year old daughter and I caught the end of a food show set in Hong Kong, I pointed out the kung fu masters and Chinese medicine on the show that are similar to what we’ve read in this book.
We’ve been reading this book every day for a week now and my kids have shown no signs of wanting to move on to another book. That’s great for me because I can talk about Hong Kong forever. We’ve had countless discussions about scaffolding and double decker trams and the Star Ferry, and how they play an integral part of life in Hong Kong.
With the holidays coming up, this book would make a great gift!