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Independent Reading

EASY
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
by Dianne Snyder. Houghton Mifflin, 1988
A humorous Japanese trickster tale about a lazy boy.
The Children of Nepal
by Matti Pitkanen. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1990
Portrait of the day-to-day life of children in Nepal.
Count Your Way Through India
by Jim Haskins. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1990
Readers learn to count to ten in the Hindi language as they take a discovery tour of India's rich culture and beauty.
Down Under, Vanishing Cultures
by Jan Reynolds. Harcourt Brace, 1992
Describes a Tiwi family's walkabout, a spiritual journey and continuous search for food in remote country.
Japan Is My Country
by Bernice and Cliff Moon. Marshall Cavendish, 1986
First-person accounts of life in contemporary Japan.
AVERAGE
An Aboriginal Family
by Rollo Browne. Lerner Publications, 1985
Description of an eleven-year-old Aboriginal girl's family, social life, and customs on a former cattle station in the Northern Territory of Australia.
An Arab Family
by Roderick Dutton. Lerner Publications, 1985
Describes an Arab Muslim's family, lifestyle, customs, and economy.
The Clay Marble
by Minfong Ho. Harper Collins, 1991 (Sunburst Edition)
A young Cambodian girl and her family flee to a refugee camp on the border between Cambodia and Thailand, but the terror continues as the family members become separated from each other.
A Little Tiger in the Chinese Night
by Song Nan Zhang. Tundra Books, 1973
An artist's autobiographical account of recent Chinese history that is accessible to young readers.
The Night the Water Came
by Clive King. Thomas Crowell Jr., 1973
An illiterate Bangladeshi boy survives a cyclone, but life after the storm is confusing.
A Walk on the Great Barrier Reef
by Caroline Arnold. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1988
Describes the fascinating plants and animals which inhabit the Great Barrier Reef.
CHALLENGING
China Homecoming
by Jean Fritz. Putnam, 1985
The author recalls her childhood in China as the daughter of missionaries and the political upheavals that forced their return to the United States. As an adult, she returns to compare modern China to the China she knew as a child.
Library of Nations: Israel
by William Frankel. Time-Life Books, 1986
Describes Israel's people, history, government, economy, and natural resources.
Passport to Japan
by Richard Tames. Franklin Watts Ltd., 1988
Overview of Japan's geography, people, major cities, food, pastimes and sports, home life and leisure, farming and fishing industries, transportation, arts, education, traditions and government.
Red Earth, Blue Sky: The Australian Outback
by Margaret Rau. Thomas Crowell, Jr., 1988
Describes life on cattle and sheep stations, on a camel farm, and in an opal mining village, and the people's efforts to preserve the ecology and heritage of the Outback.
Saudi Arabia
by Martin Molloy. Chelsea House, 1987
Overview of Saudi Arabia, giving historical background, description of daily life in modern cities and towns and of Bedouin life.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
The Bird Who Was an Elephant
by Aleph Kamal. Lippincott, 1990
A bird visits a village in India, seeing a spice shop and a sacred cow, among other things.
The Rainbow People
by Laurence Yep. Harper Collins, 1989
Twenty Chinese folktales retold.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Cultures of the World: Saudi Arabia
by Hunt Janin. Times Editions Ltd., 1995
An overview of the geography, history, government, economy and culture of Saudi Arabia.
Exploration into India
by Anita Ganeri. Macmillan Publishing, 1994
Explanation of discoveries made in India from the beginning of recorded time to 19th-century explorers, with a postscript about modern India.
The Minority Peoples of China
by Margaret Rau. Simon & Schuster, 1982
Describes through observation and interviews the lives and customs of some of the 56 minority groups of China.