Perfect Picture Book Friday! All About Korea by Ann Martin Bowler

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great nonfiction book that teaches in a fun way. 

koreaAll About Korea

By Ann Martin Bowler

Illustrations by Soosoonam Barg

64 pages – ages 7+

Published by Tuttle Publishing on April 10, 2011

Opening and Synopsis-

Opening: “What’s the spiciest food you’ve ever eaten? How do you break a board with your bare hand? Why in the world would you send a message off on a kite at the end of the year? Can Blue Dragons protect you?

Synopsis from publisher: “Perfect for educators or parents wishing to teach kids about different Asian cultures, this new book in the Tuttle All About Asia series includes favorite games, foods, special holiday times and after-school activities unique to Korea. All About Korea is a fun-filled journey to a new place. Korean culture and history are featured prominently in this colorful Korean book for kids, allowing an educational as well as entertaining experience.

  • Learn how to play the exciting Korean see-saw game with a friend, how to sing “Happy Birthday” in Korean, and how kids say “hello!”
  • Other activities include making a White Tiger puppet, playing jegi (Korean hacky-sack) and singing “Arirang,” Korea’s most beloved song.
  • Enjoy the traditional Korean stories “Taming a Tiger” and “Two Foolish Green Frogs.”
  • Easy Korean recipes are included for delicious treats like kimbap (roll-your-own wraps) and songpyeon (sweet filled rice cakes).

All About Korea is a book for families to treasure together. It offers not only the most important facts about Korean, but also reflects the spirit that makes Korea one-of-a-kind.

What I Thought- This is a great activity-filled ,information-packed book that teaches you about life as it is and was in Korea (see my review of All About China from the same publisher HERE). It talks about the activities of Korea, daily life in Korea, games and traditions of Korea, and much more! It says a little about the separating of North and South Korea, and that there is now a huge military boarder in between (in the “A Bit of History” section). It says that the book is about life in South Korea, because the two governments have gone different ways. There is a huge diversity in the things to read about. Ms. Bowler has written a wonderful encyclopedia-like resource, with lots of activities to make it more exciting than just reading a textbook. Ms. Barg’s illustrations are a cool format and make the story come to life. They are realistic and captivating. I could see schools or homeschool families using this book to teach a whole unit on Korea.

Activities and Resources –  Tuttle Publishing has a ton of resources to go along with the book – Click HERE to get it.

One of the crafts I really like in the packet from Tuttle is to make a folding fan –

UntitledTo find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!


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26 replies

  1. I have this book; great resource for those learning about Korea. I’ve used some of the activities with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds like a really great resource book for kids.

  3. This is a great choice, Erik. I think kids are naturally curious about other cultures and traditions. It sounds like a book/resource that would teach and entertain for hours.

  4. Who isn’t more interested in Korea now? And who doesn’t want to know more? Great selection, Erik! I want to read this book. I have been increasingly interested in Korea since following The Leader. And reading “The Orphan Masters Son.” but that is about North Korea and there si South Korea also.

    Thanks for introducing this book to us!

  5. Wow, this looks like a really comprehensive resource for upper elementary kids on Korea.

  6. Wow! This looks PERFECT! What a great resource for a classroom! Thanks Erik!

  7. So many questions that now I have to have the answer for! I hope my library has this one. 🙂

  8. I remember getting this one out for my daughter who was trying to teach herself Korean at the time. She still has a love for the language!

  9. They should do this for every country. That is so neat. I can say Hello and how are you in Korean. Probably can’t spell it though 😉

  10. It is always excellent for children to be aware of other cultures.

  11. Another good one for our school library. Thanks for featuring this. I don’t think we have much on Korea, so there’s a hole that needs to be filled.

  12. This looks like a great book – but does it have a recipe for “not too spicy” kimchee? And can blue dragons really protect you?

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