Nepal/Bhutan Language and Culture Kit Book Synopsis

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Everest (The Worst Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure). Doyle, Bill & Borgenicht, David (2011). San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. ISBN: 9780811871235

An interactive adventure like no other! On this epic climb up Mount Everest, readers are part of the youngest team ever to climb the world's tallest peak. They make the choice about their own survival and then experience the consequences of those choices.

Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Steckel, Richard & Steckel, Michele (2012). Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press. ISBN: 9781554537501

This kid-friendly exploration of faith provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each religion, including historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles.
Himalaya. Tenzing, Norbu Lama (2000). Toronto: Douglas & McIntyre. ISBN: 088899480X

In a remote village, high in the Himalayas, Tsering waits impatiently for the return of the salt caravan that his father led into the central valleys of Nepal. But when the yaks finally appear in a cloud of dust, Tsering can scarcely believe his eyes. Draped across one of the animals is the lifeless body of his father. Tsering’s grandfather, Tinle, blames Karma, his son’s best friend for the death.

Himalaya (Vanishing Cultures). Reynolds, Jan (2007). New York: Lee & Low Books Inc. ISBN: 9781600601446

High in the Himalaya, Yangshi's mother is making a rice drink to trade at the market. For Sherpas and Tibetans, trading is a means of sharing their crops and goods with others who live throughout the mountain chain.

I See the Sun in Nepal. King, Dedie (2010). Illustrated by Inglese, Judith. Hardwick, MA: Satya House Publications. ISBN: 9780981872094

I See the Sun in Nepal, one of the I See the Sun series, takes place in a rural village in Nepal. The young girl in the story lives a traditional life with a familiar daily routine: chores, going to school, playing with friends, and spending time with her family. Readers will recognize the similarities as well as the differences between their own daily life and the culture of Nepal.

In Search of the Thunder Dragon. Shrestha, Sophie & Shrestha, Romio (2007). San Rafael, CA: Mandala Publishing. ISBN: 1601091001

In Search of the Thunder Dragon brings to life the beauty and traditions of Bhutan in the ancient story of the Thunder Dragons that play hide-and-seek in the clouds during big winter storms. Amber and her cousin Tashi long to see the Thunder Dragons, and they set off on a journey of discovery that takes them from an elaborate monastery to the top of the mountains, a place called the Tiger's Nest, and on to the back of a tiger with eagle's wings.

Kami and the Yaks. Stryer, Andrea Stenn (2007). Illustrated by Dodson, Brett. Palo Alto, CA: Bay Otter Press. ISBN: 9780977896103

Just before the start of a new trek, a Sherpa family discovers that their yaks are missing. Young Kami, anxious to help his brother and father maintain their livelihood, sets off by himself to find the wandering herd. A spunky deaf child who is unable to speak, Kami attempts to summon the yaks with his shrill whistle. Failing to rout them, he hustles up the steep mountainside to search the yaks' favorite grazing spots.

Kanu of Kathmadu: A Journey in Nepal. Margolies, Barbara, A. (1992). New York: Four Winds Press. ISBN: 0027622827

A full-color photo essay captures the world of eight-year-old Kanu Sengupta, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, describing the sights and landmarks, local customs, and beliefs of the Nepali people.

Nepal, Chandra Bahadur Ale’s Painting: “Simple Living” (Young Artists of the World). Touba, Jacquiline & Glasser, Barbara (1997). New York: PowerKids Press. ISBN: 0823951030

Using a painting by a Nepalese boy as illustration, discusses what life is like in the country of Nepal.
Red Pandas (Paws and Claws). Miller, Sara Swan (2008). New York: PowerKids Press. ISBN: 9781404241640

Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, diet, and behavior of the red panda of Asia, and discusses the threats they face in the wild from hunters and the destruction of bamboo forests.

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