Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Podcast Ep7: Ringing in the Year of the Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year!

Here in Suzhou, my family has enjoyed a two-week break from school. Stores are closed, traffic is light, and red paper lanterns are everywhere.

In today's podcast, I talk about what it's like to live in China during Chinese New Year and our school's activities to celebrate before our two-week hiatus.

Today's booktalk features selected titles to represent each of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, introducing each through the Chinese story of The Great Race. All of these titles are for teens and/or tweens, but I also include two picture books and some read-alouds that would work well with elementary students. Xīn nián kuài lè!

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EPISODE 7:




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Podcast music "Let It Be Christmas" by Nicolai Heidlas is licensed under Creative Commons.

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PHOTOS AROUND SUZHOU DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017:


Empty stores and almost no traffic! This area full of restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, and an international grocery store is normally a bustling area. Not at Chinese New Year though! There are so many restaurants to choose from, but we could not find one open place! We threw in the towel and decided to eat at the grocery store cafe (sort of like the Sam's or Costco cafes in the USA), but the grocery store was closed, too. We normally eat out a lot and had to scrounge up some spaghetti in our kitchen--so sad!




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PICTURE BOOKS:



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OTHERS BY GRACE LIN (GREAT FOR ELEMENTARY READ-ALOUDS!):




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ONE TITLE FOR EACH CHINESE ZODIAC ANIMAL:



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OTHER TITLES MENTIONED:



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Download Episode #7 show notes

Great Race story (great to project on a screen for elementary students!) from TopMarks UK

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LION DANCE NEAR RONGSHUI, CHINA (RECORDED OCTOBER 2014):




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IMP, THE LIBRARY TURTLE:



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2 comments:

  1. I would like to recommend "A New Year's Reunion", the English translation of a Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award winner. The English version was a New York Times Best Children's Book of 2013, and its illustrator is from Suzhou! https://www.amazon.com/New-Years-Reunion-Chinese-Story/dp/076366748X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485879446&sr=1-1&keywords=a+new+year%27s+reunion.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Annie! I've not seen this book before, and I will definitely need to look up the author from Suzhou!

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