The school year is almost over, we have few more weeks left and the kids will be on break from school. My husband has one week left with his schooling this semester and I can't wait till he finished all of the stuff that he need to do for his finals. I can tell how stressed he is dealing with all of the projects and other requirements. He still have one semester left before finishing his master's degree and I'll be glad when he graduate already. Anyway, back to the summer break, it is important to keep the children busy when they are off from school so their brain are constantly engage with stuff. Reading is one of the activities that we do during summer.
I am happy to have these great books from Wisdom Tales . All of their books are full of valuable life lessons and the illustrations are just beautiful. We have a collection of some of their greatest books written by different well-known authors and illustrators. The Rock Maiden is a beautiful story of love, devotion, and faith of a wife whose husband was lost at sea during a storm. It is a Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Pirkko Vainio.
The Rock Maiden is a story based on an old Chinese legend. The real rock is called the Amah Rock, a natural rock formation shaped amazingly like a woman with a baby on her back. The author wanted to have a happy ending on this story so she re- envisioned the story with a happy ending. I won't spoil you with the details, you have to read it to appreciate the whole story but I highly recommends it. I am sure your children would love to read this book. It is appropriate for children ages 4 and up. You can buy it for $17.95 though the link I have provided above.
The Princess and the Six Swans is another beautiful story as well. It is a tale from the Brother's Grimm which is retold and illustrated by Kim Jacobs. The story is about a young spirited heroine Princess named Sophie who carried the loyalty too far that her powerful stepmother turned her six brothers into swans. She had the task to save her her brothers from the spell that their stepmom have cast on them.
I love the complexity of the story, the twist and turn will make you feel like you are watching a movie. Children would absolutely love this book as it has that magical fantasy that would surely captivate any kid's attention.
I saved the best for last because this book satisfies my curiosity and admiration about Native Americans. I only see them in movies and wishes that I would know more about them so this book is perfect. It contains the Indian voices on nature,. Sometimes I have to reread the phrases to understand the interconnectedness of all things. It's amazing how the Indians relate things to nature. It is fascinating to me.
I love all the photos that were inside the book. Joseph Bruchac did a wonderful job in conveying the messages. I haven't finished reading this book but so far, I love all the phrases that Indian people used to talk to nature. If there is one thing I would be given a chance to do, I would choose to live in an Indian community to fully understand their ways of living, it is so interesting and very unique.
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