A mong the extensive range of books available through Lonely Planet is a cool kids' series titled Not-for-Parents: Everything you ever wanted to know. Covering destinations such as the US, Europe and South America, you can also find one focused on China.
Advertised as "not a guidebook and definitely not for parents," this series delivers a vivid, detailed and all-encompassing tale of the history of China right through to current day. In an easy-to-follow narration the concepts and stories are linked, enabling children to gain a deeper understanding of why things are, as they are, in the Middle Kingdom.
Delivering 96 pages of engaging details on topics such as fierce dragons, quintessential Chinese games and the history of dynasties and ruling emperors, any child is bound to become engrossed in the facts that bring to life the essence of China. Children will relish in the knowledge behind the annual Dragon Boat Festival, the discovery of gunpowder and the importance of tea in Chinese culture.
The facts quoted throughout the book are bound to be recited back to parents, such as the snippet of information which states 50,000 children are born in China each day, which equates to 35 babies a minute. Now that's mindblowing for anyone to hear!
This book is a lot of fun with its bright, quirky imagery and so much information it will take even the most avid reader quite some time to get through. The content is incredibly entertaining and will have any child fascinated about China as they travel around this country and experience many locations for themselves.
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Suitable for children ages 8-12