Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Friday, March 14, 2008

We're Riding on a Caravan

We just got the cutest book today from Grandma!! (my mom) It is from Barefoot Books (one of my favorite publishers!) and tells the story of a family of silk traders traveling on the Silk Road.

We're Riding on a Caravan: An Adventure on the Silk Road
by Laurie Krebs (Author), Helen Cann (Illustrator)

Here is a summary from
"One summer morning, a family of silk traders leaves Xi'an to begin their yearlong journey on the Silk Road in China. As the seasons change, they travel and trade their silk for various products along the route. They pass through an ever-changing landscape–huge sand dunes surrounding the oasis at Dunhuang, the vineyards and grape-drying huts of Turpan, and the high mountains near Kashgar where they sell their silk at the famous Sunday market and prepare to return home. Told in pleasant, well-crafted verse with a chorus of two sentences at the bottom of each spread, the story is engaging and generally informative. The short descriptions of places visited are accurate, both in the story and in the appended information about the Silk Road and the making of silk."

Barefoot Books is a great publisher for kids. They say "taking our inspiration from many different cultures, we focus on themes that encourage independence of spirit, enthusiasm for learning and sharing of the world's diversity." Sounds like we share a similar philosophy.

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