Henry the Kite Dragon is a beautifully illustrated picture book that relates a tale of compromise diversity and cultural relativism in 1920 s downtown Manhattan A group of boys from Chinatown njoy making kites with an older man Grandfather Chen that lives in their building Grandfather Chen paints on the faces of beautiful animals on the gigantic kites that the boys make When flying the kites he can make them appear alive and Alter Ego even frighten the pigeons that often fly near their building Tony Guglione a bully from a the neighboring Little Italy throws stones at the kites from a nearby park After Tony destroys numerous kites Grandfather Chen suggests building a dragonveryone respects dragons he claims Before they can launch it Tony and his friends have already begun throwing rocks Angry Henry and his friends go down to confront the bullies As they are antagonizing one another Grandfather Chen launches the giant dragon kite causing a distraction As a pigeon flys by Grandpa makes the big kite chase the little bird Tony immediately becomes upset and yells Stop it That s my pigeon He begins to cry All the Chinese boys are shocked They try to call to Grandpa to stop but he cannot hear The boys join forces and run up to the roof where Grandpa is flying the kite They xplain that the pigeon is Tony s just like the Chinese boys fly kites the Italian boys own pigeons and like to watch them fly Grandpa Chen reels in the kite and the Chinese boys xplain their kite making techniues The two groups comprise the kites will be flown in the morning and pigeons will fly in the afternoon The results are larger than just this Two groups that had previously fought because they misunderstood Uncommon Wisdom each other s culture have learned how to live amongstach other with comprise and respect Plot Henry a Chinese boy living in Chinatown New York is great friends with an old man in his building called Mr Chin or Grandfather Henry njoyed helping Mr Chin make all sorts of beautiful kites to fly over Chinatown and Little Italy but Tony a boy that lives in Little Italy and his friends kept throwing rocks and destroying the kites that they had made This became a problem so Henry and his friends went to the park to confront Tony and his friends and tell them to stop tearing up their kites As this seemed to be a problem the boys soon came to find that this was just a big misunderstanding and worked things outLiterary Merit The setting was vivid not only through the text but through the pictures also The setting is set in New York City in the 1920 s in Chinatown The setting allows the reader to visualize themselves in this type of time period and also learn about what it might have looked liked during this timeChinatown is very small pretty much just three tiny streets all narrow and crooked like a village in China would be The Characterization is the same way His name is Mr Chin but we kids call him Grandfather He is little and name is Mr Chin but we kids call him Grandfather He is little and now and always wears a sweater with holes and worn out brown slippers This book is based on true vents so setting and the illustrations make a lot of sense when reading itGenre Considerations This book is a considered a historical fiction and received Notable Books For a Global Society in 2005 This book is based on tr. Everyone knows that kids from Chinatown don't go to the park when the kids from Little Italy are there They're rough they're big and they don't like Chinese kids That's okay Henry doesn't like them ither But what Henry does like are kites.
characters ë PDF, Book or Kindle PUB ↠ Bruce Edward HallCultureConcepts Integrated bullying assumptions friendship Chinese Italian culture Chinese New YearOther Suggestions that could be useful regarding literary content reading level and other ways in which the book might be integrated 3 5Community Building This book is a great one to discuss community building and about not making assumptions about people It also stresses the importance of talking about disagreements using words rather than fightingSocial Studies Students could Explore The History Behind Flying Kites Around The World How the history behind flying kites around the world How they made Which countries have this tradition They could participate in research using books and teacher approved online resources and then present their findings Science Students could xplore what it takes to fly a kite They could discuss and research what helps kites fly Which conditions are optimalArt Children can make their own mini kitesThis website has links that are great starting places for research Youtube Video of Read Aloud I love it when Grandfather made the bullies come in and paint the kites I will use this book to get an art project going in the class helping with visualization Lovely book about pigeons and kites back in the day This was the cutest kids book I ve read in ages The students learned a lot of valuable lessons from this inspired look at different cultures in 1920s New York City It s beautifully illustrated and has great potential for re reads kite Chinese Italian NewYork YoungReaders PictureBook BookReview ChildrensBooks amreading When Henry flies the kite it is always ripped out by the Italian kids Henry finally figures out how to fly the kite Henry and the Kite Dragon is based on true Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard events in New York City s Chinatown area during the 1920s The book opens with incredibly detailed illustration of Doyers Street the smallest busiest and most crooked street in Chinatown The story focuses on a rivalry between the children who live in Chinatown and Little Italy highlighting the lack of understanding of between the two cultures and their traditions The major feud between the two groups was centered around the kites the Chinese children cherish built by Mr Chin The Chinese children thought the Italian children were senselessly destroying the intricate kites for theirnjoyment While the Italians were in fact throwing rocks at the kites they were doing so in an attempt to protect their homing pigeons This book has beautifully detailed drawings and is xtremely well written I would utilize this book in my classroom by first reading it aloud and have my students write a response Once my students have responded individually I would have them come together to share ideas and conduct research on the time period and immigration to the United States This book is appropriate for students from first grade to fourth grade This was a good one At first I thought little Tony Gugglione was gonna go Tony Soprano on the Chinese kids for stepping on his turfthen I remembered it was a children s book Very good children s picture book set in 1920 s Chinatown and Little Italy in NYC Two groups of neighborhood children two perspectives Chinese kite flying and making and the keeping of homing pigeons on city rooftops come into playWell written with fine illustrations. And his friends decide nough is Notes for the Everlost enoughIn this touching story based on true 1920'svents two rival groups of children representing two different cultures come face to face and when they do they find they share much than just the same sky. Ue vents of an old man by the name of Mr Chin That Lived In Chinatown lived in Chinatown York City in the 1920 s that had children help him make beautiful kites This is considered historical fiction because it of the true vents and time period but it is fiction because not the ntire story is true This book is diverse and talks about the Chinese that lived in Chinatown and the traits they value This allows the reader to not only learn about something in history but also of a particular group of peopleClassroom Connections Personal response This book could be used with other books like non fiction books on Chinatown or New York and also China itself As a creative arts activity the students can pick an animal that they feel represent them and make a kite out of it Students could also do character traits on a few of the characters specially Mr Chin since he was a real person in society This book has a lot to offer and I feel could be used in many ways and also allow children to learn about history while reading it This is a perfect opportunity for children
to xpress themselves also by making a beautiful art piece like a kite I read this book aloud to my Kindergartenersexpress themselves also by making a beautiful art piece like a kite I read this book aloud to my Kindergarteners they absolutely loved it It sparked great discussions about bullying assumptions conflict resolution and new friendships Some of the vocabulary used in this book was a bit over their level of comprehension but we talked about unknown words and the important issues in the book were discussed during and after readingSummary This story is told from the point of view of Henry Chu an 8 year old boy who lives in Chinatown He tells about the little things in life he njoys with his family and friends but his favorite thing to do is to build beautiful kites with an old man that him and his friends call Grandfather Chin using grandfather before his name is a sign of respect for his age Henry and Grandfather Chin make them and fly them over Chinatown and the park but run into a problem when Tony Guglione and his friends destroy them by throwing rocks at them The butterfly and caterpillar kites were ruined and Henry and his friends wanted to fight Tony and his friends from Little Italy However Grandfather Chin thought that making an amazing dragon kite would be a better idea because Attracting Birds to Your Backyard everyone respects the dragon Again the kite was being attacked and Henry and his friends marched right to the park where Tony and his friends were leaving Grandfather Chin on the roof with the dragon After some arguing the beautiful dragon began to fly over them Henry and his friends finally find out the reason why Tony and his friends threw rocks at the beautiful kites The kites that fly over the parks are scaring away their homing pigeons that the Italian kids keep as pets Both groups of friends finally understandach other and come to a peaceful agreement Henry and his friends will fly the kites in the morning and the pigeons will be able to fly freely in the afternoon The final kite Grandfather Chin made was a giant pigeonCharacteristics to Support Genre This book is a historical realistic fiction book because it takes place in the 1920s and is written based on true Deep Listening events It is also multicultural literature because it provides insight into the Chinese culture and bit of Italian. He loves them Even he loves to help his friend Grandfather Chin make them and fly them over Chinatown and the park But when Tony Guglione and his friends from Little Italy keep throwing rocks and destroying their beautiful creations Henry.
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