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Many amazing inventions came from China.
How was paper made?
The three Kang brothers needed to have their teacher
write on something besides their hands...
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The Story of Paper
Amazing Chinese Inventions

By Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by YongSheng Xuan

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-123-4, 8.75 wide x 11.25 tall

"Kids will love seeing how the antics of the three boys fits with these inventions."
-The Logonauts

Enjoy the fourth adventure in this colorful series of how the Kang brothers discovered some of China's most amazing inventions!

This revised edition includes a new bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

What trouble have Ting, Pan, and Kùai gotten into now?

When they're caught playing at school instead of doing their math, the teacher gives them the usual punishment: he writes notes to Mama and Papa on the brothers' hands and demands that they hold them up for everyone to see. These kids will be the laughingstock of the entire village!

The boys wish they could invent something for the teacher to write on besides their hands... something small and private. Can the creative Kangs concoct a formula for what just may become a very useful school supply.

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More praise

Firefighter " The ingenious Kang brothers, seen last in The Story of Kites, return for another entrepreneurial adventure."
- ALA Booklist

"Cut-paper illustrations are a fitting accompaniment to this amusing account of the discovery of papermaking. With bold black outlines and vivid coloration against a white, marbled background, the artwork captures the action as the boys exercise their ingenuity."
- School Library Journal

"What attracted me first was the illustrations: they have a stark, stained-glass-style feel, with bright colors and dark lines, making it hard to believe that it was all cut-paper collage work... All in all, a delightful, entertaining, and fairly instructive set of books with beautiful illustrations."
-Saffron Tree

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"In this story of the fictional Kang boys, the characters continue their ingenious streak by 'inventing' paper. Written for preschool to third graders, the book uses bold and colorful cut-out illustrations to show the boys' adventure of seeking out a new and more discreet writing material."
- Libraries Unlimited

"The repetition of the phrases that contain the words grasshoppers, ants, and worms make this an attention-grabbing read-aloud, as do the stained glass looking illustrations... The Story of Paper encourages the reader to be inventive, yet practical, when solving a problem."
- CM magazine

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 700L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): M
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-5
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 20