Synopses & Reviews
Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself
explores the incredible ingenuity and history of ancient China with 25 hands-on projects for readers ages 9 and up. Great Ancient China Projects
covers topics from porcelain pottery, paper, gunpowder, and dynasties, to martial arts, medicinal healers, jade carvers, and terracotta warriors. With step-by-step activities, kids will learn how to construct a house with proper feng shui and create a simple Chinese hanging compass. Historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and fascinating trivia support the fun projects and teach kids about this innovative society and its continued influence on modern culture.
Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
"What a fun book! Use it on weekends, holidays, and vacation to keep kids busy and having fun." Bookselling This Week, American Booksellers Association
"In ancient China, wise scholars were experts in many subjects. This book will give young scholars the opportunity to learn about many of the same subjects. The book explains the dynasties, famous and influential Chinese citizens, and many of the inventions that came from China. . . This book is a great resource for adults teaching children about China or any of the disciplines rooted in China."
Children's Indie Next List Book Pick, Fall 2008
David Ehrlich, Professor of Film and Television Studies, Dartmouth College
"An engrossing read for children and young people. The integrated hands-on projects offer the young reader the chance to experience the excitement of technical and scientific discovery."
Joan Kvitka, Education Director, Portland Classical Chinese Garden
"Children of all ages will gain a new appreciation for the complex ideas and inventions of Chinas history across 5,000 years."
Allan Cho, Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives Newspaper
"Great Ancient China Projects is a useful book for educators, covering ancient Chinese culture in an easily understandable, highly engaging manner. Its an essential and long overdue tool for all classroom teachers."
Ray Bartlett, travel writer
"Great Ancient China Projects promises to interest kids of all ages in the history of ancient China and inspire them to travel beyond their own borders. Fun tidbits add humor and insight to the topics covered."
Willamette Week Portland, OR
"For kids, learning about ancient China has always been a total snooze. . . until now! "
From Buddhism, feng shui, and porcelain pottery to gunpowder, dynasties, and trade routes, this interactive activity guide explores the incredible ingenuity and history of ancient China with more than 20 hands-on projects. Comprehensive coverage of the ancient cultureeverything from the daily lives of both the rich and poor to the history of architecture, dynasties, religion, trade, and scienceare combined with step-by-step instructions for creating Chinese inventions with ordinary household materials. Key vocabulary, time lines, and factual sidebars are included to further educate young readers about this innovative society and its continuing influence on modern culture.
About the Author
Lance Kramer is a journalist and former ESL teacher. He has been fascinated with Ancient China since the very first time he saw photos of the Great Wall as a young child. This love of history led him to study Asian and Middle Eastern history at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Lance is passionate about finding new and creative ways to share history with kids and keep the stories of other cultures engaging, alive, exciting and fun.