Beyond the Great Mountains A Visual Poem About China

beyond the great mountains ed young

Ed Young's spare prose, as lovely as a rice-paper painting, describes in measured detail the beautiful and mystical land that the author so clearly loves. The unique format and gorgeous paper-collage illustrations, highlighted with Chinese characters, combine to convey the many facets of China to form a poetic picture of the land's grace, depth, and majesty.---from the publisher

36 pages                            978-0811843430                     Ages 8-12

Keywords:  poetry, multicultural, China, Asia, Chinese characters, diversity, diverse books, cultures, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Social Studies Curriculum


"Incorporating old Chinese characters within a poem, this book tells a Chinese creation-type story. The pages are layered so that when you first open the book (up and down orientation), you see the entire poem on the stair-step strips at the bottom of the page. Then illustrations reveal the connection between the words of the poem and the Chinese characters represented.

I wish I had come across this book before our World Studies class read about China being the Middle Kingdom because that's exactly what the poem leads up to." -----by Shaeley Santiago on Goodreads

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