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Picture Books Around the World - ASIA     View List as Printable PDF

Afghanistan

Four feet, two sandals

Four feet, two sandals
by Williams, Karen Lynn.
J PIC+
Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.

The roses in my carpets

The roses in my carpets
by Khan, Rukhsana
JEASY
When a young boy and his mother and sister come to a refugee camp to escape the war in Afghanistan, he finds some comfort in the beauty of the carpets he is learning to weave.

 

Cambodia

The caged birds of Phnom Penh

The caged birds of Phnom Penh
by Lipp, Frederick
JEASY
A young Cambodian girl saves her money to buy a bird on which to make a wish for her poor family's future.

 

China

Ruby's wish

Ruby's wish
by Bridges, Shirin Yim.
JEASY
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.

The elephant's pillow

The elephant's pillow
by Roome, Diana Reynolds.
JEASY
Sing Lo, a wealthy boy living in Peking, goes to visit the late emperor's Imperial Elephant and tries to cheer him up.

The little stone lion

The little stone lion
by Xiong, Kim
JEASY
A little stone lion, smaller than a cat, tells about the Chinese village that it guards.

The story of paper

The story of paper
by Compestine, Ying Chang.
JEASY
After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, they devise a way to make paper, which will make things easier for both their teacher and themselves. Includes a historical note and a recipe for home-made paper.

The Warlord's fish

The Warlord's fish
by Pilegard, Virginia
J PIC+
In ancient China, an artist and his young apprentice are kidnapped and taken into the desert, where their captors' caravan is lost until the artist's carved wooden goldfish points the way to safety.

 

India

Chachaji's cup

Chachaji's cup
by Krishnaswami, Uma
JEASY
A boy learns about his family history and the Partition of India from his great uncle, through stories told over a beloved old teacup.

Elephants never forget!

Elephants never forget!
by Ravishankar, Anushka
JEASY
A lonely elephant meets a herd of buffaloes and decides to stay with them, but when they meet up with some elephants, he must make an important decision.

Monsoon

Monsoon
by Krishnaswami, Uma
JEASY
A child describes waiting for the monsoon rains to arrive and the worry that they will not come.

My mother's sari

My mother's sari
by Rao, Sandhya
JEASY
Tulika. A little girl is fascinated by her mother's sari and finds many uses for it.

Out of the Way! Out of the Way!

Out of the Way! Out of the Way!
by Krishnaswami, Uma
JEASY KRI
When a boy spots a young tree in the middle of the path that runs through the village, he puts rocks around the base of the tree to protect the tree from being trampled.

 

Indonesia

Komodo!

Komodo!
by Sis, Peter
JEASY
A young boy who loves dragons goes with his parents to the Indonesian island of Komodo in hopes of seeing a real dragon.

 

Japan

Basho and the river stones

Basho and the river stones
by Myers, Tim
JEASY
Tricked by a fox into giving up his share of cherries, a famous Japanese poet is inspired to write a haiku and the fox, ashamed of his actions, must devise another trick to set things right.

Emily's balloon

Emily's balloon
by Sakai, Komako
JEASY
A little girl's new friend is round, lighter than air, and looks like the moon at night.

Hachiko : the true story of a loyal dog

Hachiko : the true story of a loyal dog
by Turner, Pamela S.
JEASY
Relates the true story of a dog who accompanied his master to and from a Tokyo train station for a year and, after his master died, continued to wait for him there every day for many years.

I lost my dad

I lost my dad
by Gomi, Taro
JEASY
A small boy loses his Dad while browsing in the toy section of a department store.

The hungriest boy in the world

The hungriest boy in the world
by Namioka, Lensey
JEASY
After swallowing the Hunger Monster, Jiro begins eating everything in sight, until his family finds a way to lure the monster out of Jiro's stomach.

The Snow Day

The Snow Day
by Sakai, Komako
JEASY
A little rabbit enjoys having a day off from kindergarten and spending time with his mother during a snowstorm, but his father's flight home is cancelled until the snow stops falling.

The wakame gatherers

The wakame gatherers
by Thompson, Holly
JEASY
When Nanami's Gram from Maine visits Japan, Nanami's Japanese grandmother, Baachan, takes them to the seashore to gather wakame seaweed.

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi
by Reibstein, Mark
JEASY
Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.

Who made this cake?

Who made this cake?
by Nakagawa, Chihiro
JEASY
While a boy and his parents go for an outing, little people invade the house and use their big construction equipment to bake a cake.

 

Micronesia

The biggest soap

The biggest soap
by Schaefer, Carole Lexa
JEASY
When Kessy, who lives in the Truk Islands, is sent by his mother to buy laundry soap, he hurries back to listen to her storytelling, discovering that his own experience makes a good story too.

 

Nepal

Himalaya

Himalaya
by Tenzing Norbu, Lama
J PIC+
When an aging Himalayan grandfather assumes responsibility for raising his fatherless grandson, he battles age, the elements, and his own pride to train his grandson for leadership.

I, Doko : the tale of a basket

I, Doko : the tale of a basket
by Young, Ed
JEASY
A Nepalese basket tells the story of its use through three generations of a family.

Secret of the snow leopard

Secret of the snow leopard
by Tenzing Norbu, Lama
J PIC+
Tsering, the boy hero of Himalaya, returns in this touching story of courage and persistence. On a trip with his new stepfather, Tsering is warned not to approach the mountain pass where his father was killed. But as the child and grandchild of two hotheaded men, and driven by anger at his father's untimely death, Tsering decides to follow his instincts and goes off in the night to climb. In his ascent, Tsering makes precious discoveries that will change his life forever.

 

North and South Korea

While we were out

While we were out
by Lee, Ho Baek.
JEASY
When someone leaves the patio door unlocked it's just the opportunity the family's pet rabbit needs to go exploring.

 

Pakistan

Ruler of the courtyard

Ruler of the courtyard
by Khan, Rukhsana
JEASY
After confronting what she believes to be a snake in the bath house, Saba finds the courage to overcome her fear of the chickens in the courtyard.

 

Singapore

Nellie Bly's monkey : his remarkable story in his own words

Nellie Bly's monkey : his remarkable story in his own words
by Blos, Joan W.
JEASY BLO
McGinty the monkey and his new owner, a woman journalist, travel from Singapore to New York where he finally takes up residence at the Menagerie.

 

Taiwan

On my way to buy eggs

On my way to buy eggs
by Ch'en, Chih-yuan
JEASY
When her father sends her out for eggs before she can go out to play, Shau-yu finds plenty of excitement while walking to the store.

 

Thailand

Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek

Peek! : a Thai hide-and-seek
by Ho, Minfong
JEASY
A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand.

The man who caught fish

The man who caught fish
by Krudop, Walter
JEASY
A stranger with a bamboo pole magically catches fish and hands them out to villagers, saying "One person, one fish," but the king will not be content until he receives a whole basket of fish.

 

Tibet

Little dog Moon

Little dog Moon
by Trottier, Maxine
JEASY
Moon, a Tibetan terrier, lives in a monastery in the mountains of Tibet. At his master's request, he guides two small children on a perilous trek to freedom in Nepal.

 

Vietnam

Ten mice for Tet!

Ten mice for Tet!
by Shea, Pegi Deitz
JEASY
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways.