5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, November 23, 2012
By Morgans (http://www.amazon.com/
This review is from: THANK YOU, MEILING Family Love, Rules and Courtesy Children's Picture Book (Fully Illustrated Version) (Kindle Edition)
This book series is really well done and teaches valuable lessons! I am happy to have gotten this book when it was free because I couldn't have paid the asking price. I am very glad I was able to get it though!
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, October 15, 2012
By Cute (http://www.amazon.com/
Awesome. I love reading this to old people that have enjoyed folktales about human eating ducks who have converted into dragons. amen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous illustrations, beautiful story :-), August 22, 2012
By sapphire (http://www.amazon.com/
Gorgeous illustrations and beautiful story. :-) Love the additional information at the end too. Beautiful book! There were just two instances where it was difficult to make out the text as in the digital version, the text seems printed over itself. Here are the sentences in question (XXX being the words that are difficult to decipher):
1) "The moon will look XXXXXX time of the year. Now is the time when we celebrate...."
2) "The family sits outdoors, enjoying a special XXXXXXX make its way high into the sky, the Old One...."
Hope this helps. :-) This was a free download, thank you. :-)
PUBLISHERS’ NOTE: Double Tap to ZOOM to enlarge type
This version of THANK YOU, MEILING includes all the luminous illustrations just waiting to enchant children of any age, and especially the read-to set.
THANK YOU, MEILING will help promote courtesy in young readers' daily lives as well as introduce them to Chinese culture.
COURTESY - THINKING OF OTHERS
Visit a Chinese village for lessons in common courtesy.
On the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, the Song household will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. In preparation for this event, the boy Song Hai sets off on a shopping expedition, accompanied by an ill-mannered duck named Meiling. So begins this story of far-away customs and everyday courtesy.
Song Hai and Meiling visit the bustling town market where eager shoppers buy paper lanterns, fat mooncakes, and baskets of melons, crab apples, grapes, and other fruits that are as round as the big harvest moon.
Meiling learns all about the coming Moon Festival as she follows Song Hai on his special errands. But more important, she learns a thing or two about common courtesy-waiting her turn, saying "please" and "thank you," helping others, and sharing.
Author Linda Talley's whimsical story is illustrated by award-winning artist Itoko Maeno whose vivid watercolors capture the sights of a small town in southeast China-the narrow residential lanes, the marketplace with its colorful stalls, and the tidy courtyard where Song Hai and his family celebrate the Moon Festival.
As the luminous full moon rises high into the sky on this special night, Meiling enjoys her own festival treat, but not before demonstrating that she has learned her lessons in courtesy. She has learned to "stop and think of others."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Festival information and sharing lesson all in one, September 23, 2000
By M. Robertazzi (http://www.amazon.com/
I recently read "Thank You Meiling" to my third grade class after reading Amy Tan's "Moon Lady." The text was easy for them to understand. It blended a story about a duck who needed to learn how to share and information about the Chinese celebration of Moon Festival. It kept their interest and also informed without being just "factual." I am going to purchase a few copies to present as gifts to our daughter's teachers each year during autumn (Moon Festival time).
5.0 out of 5 stars great story that talks about a fun holiday and manners, November 20, 2011
By Karyn W "blckwidow8"
I was looking for books about the Chinese Lunar/Moon Festival and found this book. It does tell the reader about several of the traditions surrounding the holiday, but more importantly it talks about how to think of others in how you act and how to have good manners. It is presented in a way that Meiling, a duck, learns by following the boy in the family of the house where he lives. The duck is observant and the boy he follows is a good child, although in the end they both teach each other. The artwork is very well done and the decorations for the holiday are fun to see among the pages. I read this to my seven year old and he liked the story and we discussed what the duck learned after we finished the story. I'd recommend this to anyone trying to find some info about the holiday for children and as a general picture book with some nice lessons regarding thinking about others particularly children ages 4 to 8 years old. I am really happy we came across this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful book, April 6, 2008
By Lilyokalani (Midwest)
I am a collector of children's books, most typically of the picture book
age group. This series is usually for the older end of that age group
and beyond. However, I became attracted to it because I love books
that present the landscape, architecture, and culture of different countries. Each book in this series takes place in a very distinct
locale. Most are from foreign countries, a few are in US cities such as
Boston and New Orleans… most do a wonderful job of depicting the locale.
This book (Thank You, Meiling) is particularly wonderful with page after page
of a very Chinese setting.
For other users, each book has an ethical/moral reason for being. When I
want to teach my two grandchildren who are in this age group a particular
lesson I tend not to rely on a typical picture book story that may have an
ethic wrapped around it. Sometimes they "get it," sometimes not. These
books point it out and then have pointers for the teachers/parents/
to make sure that the child did in fact "get it." If this is didactic,
so be it. It does what it sets out to do.
In addition to the moral of the story, there is more information on the
back pages. In this instance, there are paragraphs on the Moon Festival,
Chinese Names, the People's Republic of China as a country, Chinese Writing
and Language, plus more. These books are for those who want more than entertainment or a good story. These books for those who are interested in having their children become more intellectual and ethical.
I haven't seen any new books within this series recently. I hope it does not mean that it is done. I have 21 of the books and I am ready
to buy more, if they are available.
Publisher’s Note: This review refers to the 25-book Library of illustrated ebooks available for the Kindle Fire. *Seven of the titles are also available for the Apple iPad.
The Complete List of Titles Available:
BEA’S OWN GOOD
EMILY BREAKS FREE
FEATHERS AT LAS FLORES
GUMBO GOES DOWNTOWN
JOMO AND MATA
KIKI AND THE CUCKOO
PEQUENA THE BURRO
STANLEY’S “THIS IS THE LIFE!”
TESSA ON HER OWN
THANK YOU, MEILING
*TOAD IN TOWN