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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Flying Paintings #readyourworld

 
One of the reasons I love participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day each year is because I get to learn new things, too!  This lovely book couldn't come at a better time, since we're learning about China in our homeschool right now.  


Even though I've been to China, there are still so many interesting things there that I have not yet seen.  This year's book, Flying Paintings - The Zhou Brothers:  A Story of Revolution and Art gave me another place to add to my China Bucket List.  Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art is in Guangxi province, the same province that Katie is from.  It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and I had never heard of it before reading this book.  


Flying Paintings, from Candlewick Press is based on a true story.  Author Amy Alznauer weaves the story of two brothers, born in China during tumultuous times, who go to extremes to learn to be better artists.  They have a unique process for their artwork, much of which was inspired by the ancient cliff art their grandmother told them about.  


What's not part of the story, but is mentioned in the author's note in the back of the book is that the brothers eventually move to the United States, and even meet President Obama when he commissions one of their paintings.  


I love giving my Chinese girls another real-life example of people from China who succeed here.  

Although the publisher recommends this book for ages 5-9, Hannah is 13 and Katie is 10, and we enjoyed it and found it interesting.  


The paintings in the book are done by the Zhou Brothers themselves.  After reading this fascinating book, we looked up pictures of the cliff paintings online.  


Then we busted out the liquid watercolors and made some cliff painting copies of our own.  


I love the way they turned out.


You can learn more about the Zhou Brothers, and the Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art online.  Flying Paintings is available on Amazon, or directly from Candlewick Press, or check your local library (ours has it).  


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non - profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book - loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE. 

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I'm excited to check out the other diverse kid books in the linkup and see which ones might be available at our library.  

12 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting.
    Your munchkins are a huge inspiration to my horde of adopted munchkins!

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    1. Where are your kids from? Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. What a cool book!!

    I like the paintings!!

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    1. My example drawing on the white board was pretty hilarious. But I think it helped them to look at the shapes the figures were composed of.

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  3. It looks like an inspiring book and it is amazing that the brothers did the illustrations. I hope my library has a copy. (I always learn a lot from MCBD, too.)

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    1. I think of how much history these guys have lived through. It was pretty cool to read about their childhood, and then see pictures of them now on their website.

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  4. I love your book activity! The paintings turned out beautifully! Thank you so much for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day!

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    1. Thanks, Mia! It's an honor to participate. I look forward to it every year.

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  5. This looks like a lovely book! Thank you for participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day!

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    1. I love that we were matched with something that celebrates my girls' culture. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thanks for sharing 😍😍, I like the book, thanks for the review

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    1. I'm so glad to be able to expose my kids to books from all over the world, and it's fun to be able to share them with my readers, too.

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