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Cole, Joanna.
New York : Scholastic, 2005
IL K-3, RL 3.7
ISBN 0590108220
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The book Imperial China describes many traditions in Chinese culture.  This book was created by the same authors who created The Magic School Bus.  The book begins with a teacher, Ms. Frizzle, discussing the Chinese New Year with one of her students, Wanda.  Wanda then  invites Ms. Frizzle to attend her families New Year's Eve party.  The reader then gets to experience the Chinese New Year through Ms. Frizzle's eyes.  As Ms. Frizzle learns about the Chinese culture and the important traditions that go along with the Chinese New Year, so does the reader.  After celebrating the New Year Ms. Frizzle's adventure continues with Wanda by learning about the rice fields, the Emperor, how silk is made, and battling Chinese warriors.
 The book also includes other important facts about the Chinese culture.  The book is split into two parts.  The top half describes Ms. Frizzle's adventure and the bottom half provides facts for the reader to enjoy.  These facts include things that were invented in China, the importance of the dragon in Chinese culture, how to grow rice, and Chinese writing.  As a reader this book was enjoyable because I learned many important traditions that the Chinese hold sacred.  (Jennifer Houchens, student,
SUBJECTS:     China -- Civilization.

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