Celebrate Asian Heritage Month Giveaway

April 18, 2011

I was recently given a copy of Scholastic Book Treasures, Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage, to review in anticipation of celebrating Asian Heritage Month, which is in May. I was especially interested in watching these stories with my daughter, who is half Asian. While both my daughter and I have consistently enjoyed viewing  Scholastic Book Treasures DVD collection for their entertainment and educational qualities, I was surprisingly touched by this collection.

Here is a summary of our favorite stories in this collection.

The Journey Of My Grandfather, written and illustrated by Allen Say, reminded me of my journey of identity in the two worlds I had considered “home” during my formative years. I came to Canada when I was 2.5 years old and when I was 19 years old, I visited Korea for the first time since my immigration. In Korean, little things fit – the juices and snacks came in smaller containers, and of course, the clothes fit. Yet, everywhere I went, Korean shop owners asked me if I was Japanese. They said while I looked Korean, there was something different about me. And when I returned back “home” to Canada, I still continued to feel something was missing. In Korea, I was homesick for the country I left and in Canada, I was not completely at home. The Journey Of My Grandfather is a much more uplifting story than mine – it simply tells a story of how a man and subsequent generations of his family find their home.

My daughter has enjoyed The Stonecutter, written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott for a couple of years. This version features the same illustrations and bold adaptation of this Japanese folk tale about a stonecutter’s wish to become more powerful. Mishy was fascinated to see the story re-told.

After we first played Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China, my daughter wanted me to play it again and again. She loved the story of the three sisters who out-wit a wolf while their mother goes to visit their grandmother. Since I am the youngest of three daughters, it reminded me of the many times my oldest sister was left in charge while my parents were away.

Tikki Tikki Tembo and More More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage features stories by Allen Say, Karen Chinn, Gerald McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Ed Young, and Arlene Mosel with work by illustrators, Allen Say, Gerald Mc Dermott, Ed Young, Blair Lent, Leo & Diane Dillo, Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. The stores are narrated by Ming-Na Wen and B.B. Wong.

*Natural Traveling Momma is excited to giveaway one copy to a lucky reader of Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage. To enter, please comment below. For an additional entry, please click on the link below and once again comment below. This giveaway ends on April 30th, 2011 at 5PM. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations, Sarvi!


Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Stories to Celebrate Asian Heritage


12 Responses to “Celebrate Asian Heritage Month Giveaway”

  1. Tania Says:

    they sound fantatsic.
    i have done the stonecutter as a storytelling theatre piece for kids-long time agooooo

  2. Sarvi Says:

    Thanks for this – my daughter is also mixed, and I always enjoy learning about books like these.

  3. Jenny H. Says:

    This sounds wonderful. My son is half Chinese and would love this!

  4. Alex Says:

    Looks awesome!
    I wish you guys lived closer. We are in Costa Mesa & gearing up to “officially” homeschool our daughter who will be 4 in May. Really we just do a ton of the same kinds of stuff it looks like you do and read an absurd amount and cook and do art/crafts…I think it’ll be like this for a while. Maybe in a year or so we’ll do more trips up that way!

  5. Marie Says:

    Sounds like a really touching collection. I’ll have to check it out and the other ones as well! Thanks!

  6. Rebecca Says:

    oh sounds great. We look forward to celebrating Asian Heritage Month next month!

  7. Morgen Mayeda Says:

    These are all beautiful stories that I hope to add to my son’s library. Being half Japanese, we try to incoporate all his heritage into his life. There were a couple that I don’t have in my classroom library that I might have to get duplicates of so all my “kids” can enjoy!

  8. Kathy Says:

    MJ, do you know “When the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Lin Grace? It’s a beautiful story drawn from traditional Chinese folk tales. We listened to it on CD (we are happily addicted to books on CD) and really enjoyed it. Mia might love the book.

  9. BC Says:

    As an Asian, I’ve searched for books with Asian characters to share with my children. Thanks for this blog summary of some I haven’t read yet!

  10. karen elpant Says:

    i remember tikki tikki tembo from when i was a child! total flash back! would love to have this collection to share with my 2 sons : )

  11. Amy Hughes Says:

    I would love to look at these DVDs with my daughter.


  12. Stephanie Says:

    Hey MJ, As always, very informative.

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