I was at school today talking with one of my students. She is in grade 3.
She was reading a comic book, but upon closer inspection I noticed that the comics were about great people from history.
The book she was reading had a picture in the front page of people (in cartoon form) such as Gandhi, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon, Thomas Edison, Einstien, Mozart, Beethoven and many others that I can’t remember (and their names were only written in Chinese so I wasn’t sure who some of them were from their pictures). It gave a breakdown of who these people were, where they were from and what accomplishments they made. This book was an index of sort to introduce a series of books, each based on one person from the index book.
Amazing! She was really into it. From my conversations with her in my limited Chinese she had a pretty good grasp on some of these great figures.
What a great idea presenting history to children in a comic book.
A few years ago I also saw some of my young students reading about Confucious, Lao Tze, Li Po, and several other historical figures from China also in comic book form.
Has anyone seen these books? What are your thoughts about it?
It made me happy to actually see something from the Taiwanese education system that they deserve a pat on the back for.
I’ll try to get the book from her and post some of the images.