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Celebrate Asia
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler
Red is a dragon : a book of colors by:Roseanne Thong
A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers, and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.
Buzz by:Janet S. Wong
As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes this morning routine at home as well as the buzzing of a busy bee outside the window.
The squiggle by:Carole Lexa Schaefer
As she walks to the park with her school class, a young girl finds a piece of string which her imagination turns into a dragon's tail, an acrobat, fireworks, a storm cloud, and more.
Seven blind mice by:Ed Young
Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance. The illustrations depict the blind arguers as mice.

Adaptation of: The Blind men and the elephant.
The Kids' Multicultural Art Book: by:Alexandra Terzian
* See below for storytime craft.
Includes background information and instructions for more than 100 craft projects from African, Native American, Eskimo, Asian, and Hispanic cultures.
Chinese New Year Dragon
There's a great big dragon coming our way,
A great big dragon on this holiday, (have class form waving lines like dragon)
Let's grab our lanterns and follow along,
Dancing & waving and singing a song. (children dance and wave in line)
There's a great big dragon coming our way,
Hip, hip, hurray (jump up and down)!

The Kids' Multicultural Art Book: Art and Craft Experiences from Around the World

Craft: Japan Paper Uchiwa (Fan)

This craft works especially well when working with toddlers and young preschool students. The Japan Paper Uchiwa (Fan) has simple lines. Thus, it is easier for small hands to create, than a paper fan that is folded would be.

Supplies Needed:
* Light Colored Poster Board, 7" X 7"
* Scrap Paper
* Large Wood Tongue Depressor
* Pencil, Markers, Scissors, Stapler

Note: Instead of using a stapler, as noted in the book, I hot glued the tongue depressor to the fan. An adult should be in charge of the hot glue gun at all times.
Other Craft Ideas
* Marigold Necklace for the Nepali New Year
* Dragon Masks
* Panda Bears
* Wind Sock
* Tangram
* Butterfly
* Working with colored rice