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Get In-Stock Alert. Delivery not available. Pickup not available. A little girl's neighborhood becomes a discovery ground of things round, square, and rectangular. Many of the objects are Asian in origin; others are universal. A short glossary explains the cultural significance of the objects featured in the book. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. As a little girl discovers things round, square, and rectangular in her urban neighborhood, she is reminded of her Chinese American culture.

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In The Spotlight. Shop Our Brands. All Rights Reserved. Educator and writer. Worked variously as a journalist, elementary and secondary school teacher in California, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam. Roseanne Thong grew up in Fountain Valley, California, but has been a resident of Asia for more than fifteen years.

As a teacher of English overseas for many years, Thong has had the opportunity to teach her native language in a number of countries, among them Guatemala, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam. When Thong's daughter was two years old, the family was living in Hong Kong.

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Thong attempted to find English-language books for her daughter about common shapes, colors, numbers, and themes found in Asia, but was unsuccessful. Her decision to write children's books to fill this need resulted in her first picture book, Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes. Described by Booklist reviewer Connie Fletcher as an "enchanting book [that] provides a gentle lesson in shapes … as well as culture," Round Is a Mooncake features simple shapes such as circle, square, and rectangle through Thong's rhyming verse.

The narrator of the book, a young Chinese girl, describes a number of items from her everyday life that contain these shapes, including "squares of dim sum and radish cakes, circles of rice bowls, and a rectangular Chinese abacus," as noted by School Arts reviewer Ken Marantz. Thong also includes a glossary in which she describes Chinese words and the unusual Chinese items she features throughout the book. Linda M. Kenton, reviewing Round Is a Mooncake for School Library Journal, considered the book a "useful purchase for young patrons interested in Chinese culture.

Similar to Round Is a Mooncake, Red Is a Dragon contains rhyming verses that detail the colors seen in the environment of a young Chinese-American girl.

Thong describes the colors of a red dragon, a jade bracelet, and a blue wishing pool with "rhymes that bounce along quite effortlessly, buoyed by the vivid colors that echo each verse," according to a Kirkus Reviews writer. While School Library Journal reviewer Marian Drabkin commented that Thong's rhymes "sometimes outweigh the regard for exact description," she concluded that "concept books are always needed and this one offers a peek at Chinese-American culture.