Huy Voun Lee In the Leaves

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In the Leaves

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A striking book that introduces children to written Chinese characters

On a beautiful autumn day, Xiao Ming and his friends take a trip to a farm. Xiao Ming can’t wait to show everyone the new Chinese characters he has learned, and his friends are just as excited to see them.

Children will be delighted to follow along as Xiao Ming explains how to read ten Chinese characters, and they’ll be pleased as they begin to discover the beauty—and logic—of one of the oldest picture languages in the world.

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Huy Voun Lee was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and moved to the United States in 1975. She has written and illustrated several other books on Chinese character writing. She lives in New York City.

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K-Gr. 3. Xiao Ming is excited about a fall outing to a farm with his friends--and about showing everyone the Chinese characters he knows. He explains how the characters for grain and fire echo their shapes, and he talks about the meaning behind the character for family. Lee, who featured Xiao Ming in two previous books--At the Beach (1994) and In the Snow (1995)--introduces 10 new Mandarin Chinese characters here, using simple, descriptive text, interspersed with dialogue, to clarify the visual elements. She makes fine use of textured papers and pattern play in her collages, both in the large scenes and in the rich, earth-tone borders, and effectively uses basic shapes and intricate cuts to depict a multicultural group of kids enjoying the learning experience. An illustrated pronunciation guide (the first five characters in the story appear on the front endpaper, the last five on the back) is a nice bonus, although incorporating the information into the main text would have saved kids from flipping back and forth between the story and the guides. Shelle Rosenfeld
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