Through Time: Beijing (Through Time)

Through Time: Beijing traces the rise and fall of great dynasties and the everyday lives of the citizens who prospered or suffered under their rule. Beginning in prehistoric times, an agricultural community slowly evolves. Farming villages then come under the control of a local lord, and by the medieval period an imperial palace is taking shape. This new capital is then overthrown by invading Mongols, who destroy it and build their own city. Later, the Mongols are replaced by the Ming, who create the legendary Forbidden City and rule China for the next five hundred years. The book’s fluent narrative text and beautiful illustrations tell the enthralling story of BeijingÑits triumphs, conflicts, and people–right up to the present day. 

The Cat’s Tale: Why the Years Are Named for Animals

Willow’s pet cat Mao relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in the Chinese calendar.

Wildlife (China: Land, Life, And Culture)

Young readers will learn all about China in this fascinating series. Each book covers one aspect of this nation that is as large as a continent and ever growing in influence and importance. Readers of this series will learn about the history of China; its government, wildlife, arts, and culture; and all the things that grow in the countryside and are produced in the cities. Easy-to-understand text and lots of photos and special features bring this nation alive. with the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the eyes of the world are now on China. This series will help students better understand that part of the globe.

Arts and Culture (China: Land, Life, And Culture)

This book is a captivating insight into art and culture in China. It is part of a series that explores the daily life, traditions and beliefs of the Chinese people. Through the first-hand personal accounts the reader will learn about China’s history and its ancient cultures. They can examine the varied landscapes, the native plants and animals, and the diverse peoples of one of the largest countries on Earth.