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Writing for Oxford University Press

My story ‘Hana's  Yellow Hat',

and reading text 'Harvest Moon Festivals'

are part of the Dragonfly Reader series,

published by Oxford University Press,

which helps students to develop good

reading habits while exploring Asian cultural themes and values.

Schools can purchase Dragonfly Readers from Oxford University Press.

Learn more about the series at

dragonflyreaders.com

 

 

 

 

Dragonfly Readers is a new 9-levelled graded

reading series which promotes reading for

pleasure and develops reading comprehension

skills, while exploring Asian cultural themes and values.

'Hana's Yellow Hat' is in level 1 and 'Harvest

Moon Festivals' is in level 2 of the reading series.

 

I have also written a reading text for level 3

which will be published soon and will be writing 2 texts

for level 4 during the next few months.

 

Each story or reading text is in an anthology

which contains 3 stories or texts on a certain theme.

The theme of the anthology for 'Hana's Yellow

Hat' is 'Our School' and the title of the anthology

in which 'Harvest Moon Festivals' appears is

'Festivals in Different Seasons'.

 

'Hana's Yellow Hat' was really fun to write

but quite a challenging task.

There were a limited amount of words and

vocabulary that I could use because this was a

level 1 reader but I wanted to introduce the cultural

themes of how the school year begins in April in Japan

when the cherry blossoms are usually in bloom,

how the first graders walk in orderly groups to school

for the first month or so with a leader who carries a flag

and how many children wear yellow hats and carry the

famous randoseru (satchels or backpacks) on their backs. 

 

'Harvest Moon Festivals' was interesting to write because

it involved a lot of research.

In this reading text I introduced the way that the harvest

moon festival is celebrated in Vietnam, China, Japan and Korea.

I learned a lot!

I was particularly surprised at how different the moon cakes are

in each country (colour and shape) and just how big the festival

is in China (people usually get several days to even a week's

holiday for the Harvest Moon Festival in China,

compared to it not even being a holiday in Japan). 

 

As the Dragonfly Readers have only just come out, they are

currently only being sold directly to schools in Mainland China,

India, Pakistan and Malaysia

and are not sold in bookstores or in Japan, yet. 

 

Personally, I think that this series would be really wonderful

for children to be able to read in Japan because they can learn

so much about cultures in other Asian countries.

In Japan, we already have many books for children that cover

European, American and Australian customs, holidays and

festivals, but how nice it would be for children to learn more

about the countries that are close by. 

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