This year and next we are studying the history of the Eastern Hemisphere. It has been one of our most fun and interesting studies in a history program that has been full of fun and interesting. We are currently working our way through China and I just had to tell you about a few of the amazing books that we have read.
In our homeschool where we have high expectations for books and it is commonplace for our children to beg to “do more school”, “read one more chapter, pleeeease” and to ask “please may we have school today”, this book still stood out as exceptional. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze is a fictional story of a young Chinese boy who moves to the city in order to support his recently widowed mother. It gives wonderful insight into life in a Chinese city during the turbulent period that occurred between the last emperor stepping down in 1911 and the beginning of the Nationalist government in 1927.
Eric Liddell in the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series has been inspiring and puts us to shame when we read about his faith, willingness to sacrifice and how God provided and used him for His glory. We really like all of the books in this series. It is wonderful for our children to have Christian historic figures to emulate. Our all time favorite is the one about George Mueller, but he wasn’t in China so that should be a different post.
Since I’m doing this post I must to include the Ancient China-Treasure Chest. This includes a neat book that we read, but the main attraction is the hands-on activities included. Some real Chinese coins and a game to play with them, an inkstone, inkstick and caligraphy brush to try your hand at writing Chinese characters, a fan to decorate, etc. The children love working on these projects and since I’m not great at doing hands on activities with them this fills the gap a bit.
When I told the children about this post they all begged me to include Mission to Cathay. This book was an independent reading assignment and while I usually read books before I give them to the children to read, this one fell through the cracks. They have all cried at the end of the book, declared it to be one of best books they have ever read and “mom, you have got to read this book”. (I will say that they make the “best book we have ever read” comment frequently.) So, “Mission to Cathay” comes highly recommended by my 12, 11, and 8 year old girls and my 9 year old boy. Any mom’s out there who have read it and can give an adults perspective?
Do you have any favorite resources for studying China?