Monday, December 6, 2010

Some Good Elementary Level Books for studying non-western countries....

Middle East:

The Golden Sandal, Hickox
The Three Princes: A Tale from the Middle East, Kimmel
Arabian Nights: Three Tales, Lattimore
Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent 10,000-539 BC
Tower of Babel
Gilgamesh books, Ludmilla Zeman (3 in series)
The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Kimmel
Abu Ali: Three Tales of the Middle East, Van Woerkom
Israel (Countries of the World), Fisher
Eyewitness: Bible Lands
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, Yeoman
The Persian Empire, Zinert
The Persian Empire: World History Series, Nardo
The Legend of the Persian Carpet
The Persian Cinderella
The Red Lion: A Tale of Ancient Persia
The Wailing Wall, Leonard E. Fisher
The Story of Masada: Retold for Young Readers, Gerald Gottlieb (VERY GOOD! about the excavation of Masada during the 1960's)
The Assyrians, Elaine Landau
To Ride the God's Own Stallion, Diane Lee Wilson
Ishtar and Tammuz: A Babylonian Book of the Seasons, Christopher Moore
Life Long Ago: The Beginnings of Cities (Mesopotamia), Leonard Weisgard
Nebchadnezzar: Scourge of Zion, (Heroes and Warriors series), Mark Healy
The Seven Wise Princesses, Wafa' Tarnowska (VERY good Persian tale!)
The Persian Empire, Karen Zeinert 


Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Rumford
Flash, Old Dog of Egypt
The Nile River, Meister
Egyptian Myths, Morley
Growing up in Ancient Egypt, David
Ancient Egypt (Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures), Cole
Look What Came From Egypt
Mummies Made in Egypt, Aliki
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
I am the Mummy Heb-Nefert, Bunting
Look Inside: An Egyptian Tomb, Moses
Macaulay Pyramid Video
Kids Discover: Pyramids
Hatshepsut, His Majesty Herself
Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt
Mystery of King Karfu
World in the Time of Tut
Tut’s Mummy, Lost and Found
Science in Ancient Egypt
The Prince Who Knew His Fate
Pharaohs and Pyramids
Tutankamun: The Life and Death of the Pharaoh
Tut, Tut
Egypt, the Culture Rulers of Ancient Egypt
Cat Mummies
Tales of Ancient Egypt
Seeker of Knowledge
Pharaoh’s of Ancient Egypt
Remains to be Seen: Exploring Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Art, Susie Hodge
The Egyptian News, Scott Steedman
Cleopatra, Diane Stanley
How Would You Survive as an Ancient Egyptian? Jacqueline Morley
Secrets of the Mummies, Harriet Griffey
Mummies and Their Mysteries, Charlotte Wilcox 


Rama and the Demon King
Monkey Bridge
Just So Stories
Jataka Tales
Take a Trip to India
Tiger and the Brahim
Blue Jackal
Seven Blind Mice
Magic Cooking Pot
Gifts of the Wali Dad
The Prince Who Ran Away
The Prince Who Became a Beggar
The Cat who Went to Heaven
Our Most Dear Friend
On Grain of Rice
Fat Gopal
The Sacred River
Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha
My Friend’s Beliefs: A Young Readers Guide to World Religions
World Religions, The Great Faiths Annotated and Explained
India, Countries of the World, Dahl
Buddha Stories, Demi
The Ringdoves
The Ganges, Sacred River of India, Violet Weingarten
The Art of India, Shirley Glubok (LOVE all her books!)
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in India, Virginia Haviland
The Prince Who Gave up a Throne, Nancy Serage
Buddha, Demi
Buddha, Susan L. Roth
Religions of the World: Hinduism, V.P. Kanit Kar 


Great Wonders of the Ancient World (DK), Russel Ash
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Cox and Morris
Famous Scientists of the Ancient World, Margaret J. Anderson (I like this book)


Growing up in Ancient China
They Lived Like This in Ancient China
Ancient China Treasure Chest
Ancient China, J. Simpson
Maples in the Mist
The Story About Ping, Flack
Tikki Tikki Tembo, Mosel
Books on the orient by Demi from library
Long is a Dragon
Ancient China, Williams
Growing up in Ancient China
The Incredible Story of China’s Buried Warriors
The Magic Tapestry: A Chinese Folktale
Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend
The Dragon Prince
The Ch’I-Lin Purse
The Great Wall of China, Mann (also one by Fisher)
Science in Ancient China
Seven Chinese Brothers
Ballad of Mulan
The Empty Pot
Exploration into China
Long-haired Girl
Lon Po Po
The Chinese Book of Animal Powers
The Ancient Chinese, Hazel M. Martell
Confucius: The Golden Rule, Russell Freedman
Tales of a Chinese Grandmother, Francis Carpenter
Images Across the Ages: Chinese Portraits, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler (VERY
Chinese Myths and Legends, O.B. Duane and N. Hutchinson 


Why Spider Spins Tales
The Hunterman and the Crocodile
Anansi, w/ tape (Rabbit Ears Productions)
Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa
Zomo the Rabbit
Too Much Talk
Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!
Exploration into Africa
Anansi’s Feast
Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock
Golden Deer
The King’s Drum and Other Stories, Courlander
The Tortoise and the Tree (Bantu), Janina Domanska
The Orphan Boy (Maasai), Tololwa M. Mollel
The Name of the Tree (Bantu), Celia Barker Lottridge
Growing up Maasai, Tom Shachtman
Tokoloshi, Diana Pitcher
The Art of Africa, Shirley Glubok
A Glorious Past: Ancient Egypt, Ethiopia and Nubia, Ernestine Jenkins 


The Ancient Japanese, Odjik
Sho and the Demon of the Deep
Spring: A Haiku Story
Exploration into Japan
The Japanese, Clare Doran 

Australia and Oceania:

The Biggest Frog in Australia
Exploration into Australia
Australia and Oceania
Wandering Girl
The Flying Emu and other Australian Stories
The Giant Devil Dingo
Tales Told to Kabbarli: Aboriginal Legends
The Aboriginal People of Australia
Rainbowbird: An Aboriginal Folktale
Rainbow Serpent
Waltzing Matilda
The Pacific
South Pacific Islanders
Pacific Islands
The Woman on the Moon
Polynesians, Stephen Currie
Easter Island, Caroline Arnold
Hawaiian Myths of Earth, Sea and Sky, Vivian L. Thompson

Most books regarding Native Americans deal with those of South and Central
America. Here are a few that deal with the peoples of the far North, direct
descendants of the Asians who migrated to the North American continent:

The Enchanted Caribou, Elizabeth Cleaver (I believe ds really liked this one, too)
Building an Igloo, Ulli Steltzer
The Dancing Fox: Arctic Folktales, John Bierhorst
The Story of Comock the Eskimo, Robert Flaherty (VERY good)
Inuit, Bryan and Cherry Alexander
Art of the Far North, Carol Finley
For myth collections, we read most of the stories in the following:

The Bronze Cauldron
The Silver Treasure
The Crystal Pool
all by Geraldine McCaughrean
Also read all or most of the Landscapes of Legend series books:

Beneath the Earth
Cities of Splendour
Sacred Skies
Mighty Mountains
The Waters of Life

Also read: Tree of Dreams: Ten Tales from the Garden of Night

Hope you find these helpful,


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