Bibliographic information: Compestine, Y. C., & Nascimbene, Y. (2011). Crouching tiger. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.
Annotation: This book is about a boy who’s grandpa comes to visit from China. He tries teaching the boy martial arts, but the boy finds it difficult and embarrassing at first. He soon comes to realize I how special and important martial arts is, so he practices with his grandpa. His grandpa lets the boy be a part of the New Years parade, and the boy has a blast. He tells his grandpa that he’s going to try really hard so he can be like him, and his grandpa tells him that it takes time and patience.
Grade Level: 3-4
Readers who will like this book: People learning about the Asian American culture, people learning about martial arts, and people who are practicing to do something special.
Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I really enjoyed this story, and especially all of the little guys doing martial arts poses on every other page.
Text Dependent Question: Why would the boy feel embarrassed to be in the parade? How did the boy’s feelings about martial arts change throughout the story?