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Exploring Chinatown : a children's guide to Chinese culture
Stepanchuk, Carol.
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Berkeley, Calif. : Pacific View Press, [2002]

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64 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
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E184.C5 S82 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E184.C5 S82 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E184.C5 S82 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Come along on a trip to discover Chinese culture! You'll learn about family, religion, celebrations, music, and more. You'll discover how Chinatowns came to be, and how today's lively neighborhoods are home to culture and traditions more than 2,000 years old. Learn more about how North American Chinatowns were established, and why these proud, lively, and vital communities still thrive.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. This "cultural tour of Chinatown" focuses on San Francisco's Chinatown but includes the sights and sounds of other Chinatowns, too. The tour begins with food and table manners and ends with opera and musical instruments. In between, there's information about herb shops, acupuncture, the Chinese language and calligraphy, numbers and counting systems, holidays and festivals, family and religious life, brush art, theater, and martial arts. Chinese American customs are also identified. For example, the Chinese-American New Year's parade is differentiated from the Chinese observation of the New Year. Sidebars feature proverbs, history, and cultural facts. Recipes, instructions for lion dancing and advice on brush painting invite children's participation. Colorful photographs, diagrams, paintings, and sketches frame each page, often supplying visual explanations for such subjects as the abacus. The appendix notes other U.S. and Canadian Chinatowns and includes bibliographies on San Francisco's Chinatown and Chinese culture. Chock full of clear, hard-to-find information on Chinese culture, this attractive guide will supplement multicultural studies and fill a gap in most libraries. --Linda Perkins

Publisher's Weekly Review

Exploring Chinatown: A Children's Guide to Chinese Culture by Carol Stepanchuk, illus. by Leland Wong, uses San Francisco's Chinatown as a backdrop in this informative volume covering varied aspects of Chinese-American life. Sections on food, health, religion, art and more are included. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Stepanchuk uses San Francisco's Chinatown as a stepping stone to introduce various aspects of Chinese culture. Chapters, each beginning with a proverb, quotation, or traditional saying in both Chinese and English, cover such topics as food, health, reading and writing, numbers, celebrations, family, religion, and the visual and performing arts. A visit to a shop, for example, leads to clearly written and illustrated descriptions of the abacus, lucky numbers, tangrams, and Chinese chess. Seeing Chinese-language materials and visiting a stationery store prompts a lengthy look at the written and spoken language, with excellent coverage on the correct way to hold a brush and form a Chinese character. Boxed sidebars expand the information. Several recipes are included, and the appendix offers thumbnail sketches of other Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada. The handsome, open layout features colorful, cartoonlike, although somewhat prosaic illustrations, full-color photographs, and line drawings. There are a few minor errors, such as misspellings of "shiitake," "suona," and author Ann Tompert's name, but these are minor quibbles in what is otherwise a fine introduction to Chinatown and Chinese culture.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.