Title of Book: Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui
Time length to read: 8-10 min
Age recommended: 6 and up
Author: Icy Smith
Illustrator: Gayle Garner Roski
Publisher: East West Discovery Press
Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)
Price: $19.95 (Hardcover)
Today I am happy to bring you a book in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book day, which is tomorrow, January 27th! I am so glad I get to participate in this event. I am of multicultural heritage if you didn’t know. My mother is Filipino and my father is Caucasian. So there has been a definite mix of heritage and traditions I have gone through growing up and it has made me appreciate the importance of being Multicultural. So with that, the book that I am sharing with you today is: Mystery of the Giant Masks of Saxingdui by Icy Smith.
The book is starts out with a brother named Wei and his sister named Min. They are getting ready for the Warrior Festival that is being held in their town of Sanxingdui. In the Warrior Festival there are many things that go on, including a celebration of boys of a specific age becoming men, trading bronze masks/items, cooking, dancing, playing of music and so much more. It is at this festival that Wei receives his first gift from his father, as he’s becoming a man, and receives a baby elephant named Little Yong. Wei and Min help Little Yong become comfortable, since he is a little timid. As the festival goes on, it is everything and more you can imagine as I described up above. However, disaster strikes when a storm moves in and floods the town. Min is almost swept away in the waters, but is rescued by Little Yong. After the celebrations and festival end, they hear about invaders coming into their town. Ultimately, instead of staying, fighting and giving up their processions, they decided to burn and bury them, in hopes that one day others will discover them, and they leave the town.
The summary I gave above was the best I could do in a paragraph, but it doesn’t compare to reading the story. I was truly amazed at the detail Icy Smith went in to making this story. There was so much history into it as well as little facts in the book to explain certain processes. Like for example, when she was talking about the bronze masks that Min and her father made for the ceremony. On the page itself, towards the bottom, it tells you more about that and the process of how it’s made, which I think is really cool. The author also put a historical page of Saxingdui at the end of the book, so you can get more details on it. I was truly amazed that this story too. So much thought was put into it. It’s not very often you can take history like that and put it into a children’s book so that kids today might understand it. The illustrations were also amazing. They have a watercolor feel and portrayed every detail perfectly. You can tell that lots of detail went into it and it is very impressive.
I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I had the opportunity to participate in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I encourage you to check out this book, as well as the others that are being shared in honor of this event. Below, I have included information on Multicultural Children’s Book Day regarding their mission, and who the sponsors and co-hosts are. I encourage you to take a look below, as this is a cool event that only comes once a year, so see what it is all about! Also, if you are on twitter, check out their official hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) to see more posts and information on Multicultural Children’s Book Day. To visit the official Multicultural Children’s Book Day, visit their site here.
The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie.
Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld
Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books *Lil Libros
Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk *Candlewick Press,*Bharat Babies
Silver: Lee and Low Books *Chronicle Books *Capstone Young Readers T
Tuttle Publishing, NY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV
Bronze: Pomelo Books *Author Jacqueline Woodson *Papa Lemon Books *Goosebottom Books *Author Gleeson Rebello *ShoutMouse Press *Author Mahvash Shahegh *China Institute.org *Live Oak Media
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts:
All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share,Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Imagination Soup, I’m Not the Nanny, InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Spanish Playground
Classroom Reading Challenge:
p style=”text-align: center;”>Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.
What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:
Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife http://ow.ly/UUy96 The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/?p=1796
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for a fair review and a book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”