In the Snow

Huy Voun Lee, Author, Huy Voun Lee, Illustrator Henry Holt & Company $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8050-3172-0
As Xiao Ming and his mother walk through the winter forest, the fresh snow-white and smooth as paper-inspires an educational game. While his mother scratches Chinese characters with a stick, Xiao Ming guesses what the symbols represent. Through careful teaching, the mother links characters and words so that they make sense to a child. For example, ``forest'' is comprised of two characters for ``tree.'' And the symbol for ``snow'' combines ``hand'' beneath ``rain''-signifying a form of rain that can be held. Focusing on 10 words, Lee (At the Beach) introduces an often daunting language as a tantalizing system built on images and common-sense connections. Thoughtfully composed cut-paper collages convey the same clarity as the text. An author's note explains that, while over 800 Chinese dialects exist, the written language is uniform. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/04/1995
Release date: 09/01/1995
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-8050-6579-4
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-30516-7
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