Children's Book about China a Hit with American Families

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As China grows, and more and more American families want their children to learn Chinese and understand Chinese culture, “A Musical Journey: From the Great Wall of China to the Water Towns of Jiangnan” by Liow Kah Joon, an American Bookseller's Association Autumn 2004 Book Sense Children's Pick, continues to generate enthusiastic response from parents and teachers.

As China's position in the world rises, and growing numbers of American parents want their children to learn Mandarin and understand Chinese culture, “A Musical Journey: From the Great Wall of China to the Water Towns of Jiangnan” a children's book about China by Liow Kah Joon, continues to generate enthusiastic response from parents and teachers since its publication one year ago.

“A Musical Journey” is a children's book which allows kids to understand the diverse land and people of China through words, illustrations and music.

“This book has great colorful pictures for kids and is written in such a way that kids will find it interesting. It's hard to cram so many years of Chinese history into a short children's book but the author has done a good job of hitting the interesting high points. The accompanying CD has some wonderful original compositions.” notes Kristian Ball, a reader from Richmond VA, USA.

“I started working on A Musical Journey two years ago with a team made up of a music composer, an artist, a designer, a researcher and an editor. Our goal is to produce a unique and high quality children's book about China and market it internationally. I think we've achieved that with A Musical Journey.”

Publisher's Weekly, the premier book industry publication, has noted the North American success of “A Musical Journey”, and reports in the October 2005 issue:

"With fun facts about China's multicultural land, people and way of life presented in an enjoyable and educational experience – through vibrant illustrations and an accompanying CD offering twelve musical selections representing each of the highlighted regions in the book – this title is a resounding success for co-owner and publisher Liow Kah Joon.”

Kah Joon's next book “Shaolin: Legends of Zen and Kung Fu” will be launched in three months time. With Shaolin, Kah Joon has taken the 1,500-year-old traditions of Shaolin Kung Fu and re-created them for American kids who enjoy Jackie Chan movies. This book includes an original 3D-animated kung fu story on DVD.

“A Musical Journey” by Liow Kah Joon. 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches. Hardcover, 32 pages, illustrated throughout, incl. music CD, Age 8+. ISBN 09733492-1-2. USD24.95. Published in Canada by SilkRoad Networks Inc.

Liow Kah Joon's children's books allow kids all over the world to experience Asian stories in entertaining ways. His website about Chinese symbols and characters is a handy guide to learning Chinese and Chinese culture. You can get more information about his children's books and sign up for his free ezine at

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