Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya
Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds
High in the Himalaya, Yangshi's mother is making a rice drink to trade at the market. For Sherpas and Tibetans, trading is a means of sharing their crops and goods with others who live throughout the mountain chain.
Yanghsi's family also takes some of the rice drink to the monastery as a gift for the monks. Sherpas and Tibetans live simply, in harmony with the world around them. Yangshi's people believe life is an endless circle that goes around and around, as symbolized by the prayer wheel she spins at the monastery.
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About the Creators
is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.
About This Title
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book Council
Interest Level:Grades K - 6
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 3
Photographic Illustrations, Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Similarities and Differences, Responsibility, Multiethnic interest, Home, Holidays/Traditions, History, Families, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Asian/Asian American Interest, Animals, Empathy/Compassion, Exploring Ecosystems, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Pride, Geography
Part of These Collections
Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, Informational Nonfiction Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level P, Diverse Background English Collection Grades 3-6, Nonfiction Grades 3-6, Vanishing Cultures Series, High-Low Books for Preteens (Grades 4-6), High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School) Environmental Collection, Nonfiction Collection Middle School, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Middle School, Asian/Asian American English Collection Grades 3-5,