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Trekking through Asia: Mongolia

November 7, 2007

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Pippin and I have been virtual trekking through Asia and today we visited Mongolia.  We started by reading  Mongolia Vanishing Cultures by Jan Reynolds. This is a beautifullly photographed non-fiction picture book introduces the reader to two young Mongolian boys, Dawa and Olana, who live on the windswept, grassy stepps of Central Asia. You meet their family, learn about their favorite foods, see a round up of their herd of horses, and see what is like to live in a ger or yurt.

  We then met Erdene and his family in Children
the chilly hills of Mongolia documented in Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the  World by DK. This is a perfect book that shows the everyday life of children from over 30 countries.  The photographer and author traveled the world for 2 years interviewing and photographing children a multitude of traditions, cultures, environments and socio-economic levels.  Another excellent world geography find was Wonderful Houses Around the World by Yoshio Komatsu.  The author and his artist wife traveled to ten different countries and used a mix of photography and colorful cut-away illustrations to highlight 10 unique residences.  They include the Mongolian yurt/ger, underground caves in Tunisia, earthen castles in Togo and upside down roofs in Senegal.100_1882

100_1883After the fantastic descriptions of yurts, we found a printable paper model of a ger_e_a4.pdf
(application/pdf Object)
by Canon.  Canon also has a nice selection of other printable papercraft  architectural models  at Canon 3D Papercraft – Buildings of the World.  Pippin and I decided to build our
own yurt and had a sticky, fun time.  Thumbs up to Mongolia!

–Marjorie

PS –  We have an ongoing study of Japan we are doing with Scarlett and Caddie too that I will have to share later.   Totemo omoshiroi desu!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Priya permalink
    November 7, 2007 11:47 pm

    Very cool ger/yurt! OK That’s it. I am sending my kids to your place for geography. I’ll just ask Pippin to teach Poppy about Mongolia and Caddie and Scarlet can teach my older one about Japan. And we…can drink tea. 😉

  2. November 8, 2007 6:40 pm

    Very impresssive study. We’ve used the Canon site for animal printables before, but the site has changed since I was last there – there’s tons more good stuff! Thanks for the reminder.

    Have you ever stayed in a yurt? We have -they are in several state parks around here, so I googled and found they have them in some Georgia State Parks also. It really is a fun experience and would fit in nicely with the study!

  3. November 8, 2007 10:29 pm

    Very neat! We love to study about different countries. Did you see the cool 3-D Japanese projects on the Canon site? If not, look under Craft Art (I think). There is one of the famous wave painting that you make 3-D and one of a Girl Blowing a Kiss or something like that. Both look hard, but very neat! Sorry, I’m tired and should have waited to comment. 🙂

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