Posts tagged ‘China’

Countries of the World titles at Encino Library.


Egypt by Val Karlsson.


China by Andrea Pelleschi.


Brazil by Christopher Forest.

Find the facts you need to know as Countries of the World takes you on an international tour! Each book in this colorful, informative series examines a country´s history, geography, culture, government, economy, and much more. By exploring the world´s diverse and multifaceted nations, you´ll learn about the essential similarities and shared challenges that link all the Countries of the World.

March 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan.

In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future. But money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren’t always enough to pay school fees… or even to provide enough food for herself and her family.

Ma Yan’s heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship and bring prosperity to her family through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling.

An excellent novel to remind us sometimes, we take some privileges for granted.

Learn more of here story on this video:



September 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen.

Da Chen was born in 1962, in the Year of Great Starvation. Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution engulfed millions of Chinese citizens, and the Red Guard enforced Mao’s brutal communist regime. Chen’s family belonged to the despised landlord class, and his father and grandfather were routinely beaten and sent to labor camps, the family of eight left without a breadwinner. Despite this background of poverty and danger, and Da Chen grows up to be resilient, tough, and funny, learning how to defend himself and how to work toward his future. From Goodreads.

Visit Da Chen´s Website.

One hour talk of his book by Da Chen, here.

September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma.

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics describes the nature and development of the knowledge that elementary teachers need to become accomplished mathematics teachers, and suggests why such knowledge seems more common in China than in the United States, despite the fact that Chinese teachers have less formal education than their U.S. counterparts. From Routledge.

August 17, 2011 at 8:18 am 1 comment

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang.

In 1966, Ji-li Jiang was twelve years old. An outstanding student and leader in her school, she had everything: brains, ability, the admiration of her peers – and a shining future in Chairman Mao’s New China. But all that changed with the advent of the Cultural Revolution, when intelligence became a crime and a wealthy family background invited persecution or worse. For the next few years Ji-li and her family were humiliated and reviled by their former friends, neighbors, and colleagues and lived in constant terror of arrest. At last, with the detention of her father, Ji-li was faced with the most dreadful decision of her life: denounce him and break with her family, or refuse to testify and sacrifice her future in her beloved Communist Party.

Learn more of Ji-Li Jiang at her website:

August 15, 2011 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

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