Chinese Phase I

Norton’s PHASE I: Traditional Literature

Studying the traditional literature in Phases I & II emphasizes the importance of the oral tradition in transmitting the beliefs and values of the Chinese people.

Alexander, L. (1991). The remarkable journey of Prince Jen. New York: Dutton Children's Books.

Bearing six unusual gifts, young Prince Jen embarks on a perilous quest and emerges triumphantly into manhood. Gr. 5-up

Demi (1997). Buddha stories. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

A collection of ten tales from Buddha. Gr. K-up


Demi (1988). Reflective fables. New York: Grosset & Dunlap.

Retelling of thirteen of author's favorite traditional Chinese fables for young readers. Gr. Pre-5

Wyndham, R. (1968). Chinese Mother Goose rhymes. Cleveland, OH: World Pub. Co.

A collection of nursery rhymes translated from Chinese, including ones on lady bugs, kites, and bumps on the head. Also includes the rhymes in Chinese characters. Gr. K-3


Wolkstein, D. (1979). White wave: A Chinese tale. New York: Crowell.

A young Chinese farmer discovers a generous goddess living in a snail shell. Gr. 2-5


Yee, P. (1991). Roses sing on new snow : A delicious tale. New York: Macmillan Pub. Co.

Despite a greedy father and lazy brothers who try to conceal her identity as the real cook in their restaurant, Maylin manages to receive the recognition she deserves when a governor from China comes to a New World Chinatown. Gr. PreK-3

Yee, P. (1989). Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

A collection of eight stories reflecting the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America. Gr. 4-9