France, Kenya & Tanzania, Japan Books & Supplies

Cultural Connections Unit 1 :: France, Kenya & Tanzania, Japan

Primary Stories

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We All Went On Safari
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A Carp for Kimiko
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Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock | Marcel Marceau by Gloria Spielman | Gustave Eiffel’s Spectacular Idea by Sharon Cooper | Beauty and the Beast ill. by Kinuko Craft | We All Went on a Safari by Laurie Krebs | Mama Panyau2019s Pancakes by Mary & Rich Chamberlin |Planting the Trees of Kenya by Claire Nivola | Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (Kenya & Tanzania) |A Carp for Kimiko by Virginia Kroll | The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito | Kamishibai Man by Allen Say | Little One-Inch by Florence Sakade

Geography Resources

The Travel Book |Children Just Like Me |Spotlight on France | Spotlight on Kenya | Spotlight on Japan | Wee Sing Around the World | Flags of World 96 Color Stickers | World Map for Kids

Craft Supplies

Science Activities

Recycle!: A Handbook for Kids
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Young Scientist Series Kit 1 | Recycle! A Handbook for Kids | Composting: Nature’s Recyclers | Measuring Penny | What Makes a Magnet

Additional Books

Below is a list of alternative and additional books that go along with this unit. Use these books if you cannot find one of the scheduled stories or as an add-on to extend the unit. Some of these books were used in a previous edition of the unit and may be out of print. Others were books that we just didn’t have room to include in the schedule. Many of the books are titles that have been recommended to us by our readers. Note: we have not read all of the books listed below so please preview any book listed here before reading it with your child. If you have a book that you would like to recommend to our readers, please post the title and author in the comments and we will add it to the list. Thanks!


Madame Martine by Sarah Brannen

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Cat Who Walked Across France by Kate Banks

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork

*Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

*There are several versions of this story, but this one specifically takes place in the French country side.

This is Paris Hardcover by Miroslav Sasek

A Walk in Paris Hardcover by Salvatore Rubbino

Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity by Cindy Neuschwander

A Lion in Paris Hardcover by Beatrice Alemagna

Paris Up, Up and Away by Helene Druver

Are You a Kenyan Child? by Kelly Cunnane

On a Road in Africa by Kim Doner

Here Is the African Savanna by Madeleine Dunphy

Safari, So Good!: All About African Wildlife by Bonnie Worth

A Savanna Habitat by Bobbie Kalman

Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter

A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno

The Paper Crane by Molly Bang

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Ninja by John Malam

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Samurai by Fiona MacDonald

**Sadako by Eleanor Coerr

**The East-West House by Christy Hale

**Both of these books have difficult subject matter; preview before reading to your child!


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