When the Sea Turned to Silver
Best Users: Educators, Librarians, Booksellers, Chinese Culture Organizations, Book Clubs
Best Audience: Children Grades 03-07
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How Long is Longevity? (Math)
In the book, a magistrate steals a a bite from the peach of longevity. Folktales do not usually lead to math but if you explore the years in this story, you may solve some mysteries with this Math Exercise Fit for an Emperor!
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Nuwa’s Stones (Science)
The five-colored stones that the goddess Nuwa put in the sky now sometimes appear as a rainbow. You can cast your own reflection of Nuwa’s gift with this Reflect and Refract a Rainbow activity!
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Paper of Answers (Science)
The Paper of Answers only shows words when it is exposed to the light of the full moon. While we cannot offer you a paper that gives answers, we can show you how to create invisible writing that only shows in the presence of heat and light. With this activity, you can write your own invisible answers!
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Walking Across the Heavenly Lake (Myth & Perception)
In the kingdom of the Sea King, Pinmei and Yishan see the moon at the bottom of the Heavenly Lake. The Sea King tells them that their worlds connect. How can the sea and sky share a moon? Use this activity to make the worlds connect!
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Giving Immortality (Community Service)
With Amah’s stories, Pinmei was able to save everyone. Is there someone in your life that can give you stories, like Amah gave Pinmei? This activitywill help guide you to collect and share stories…and maybe achieve immortality!
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ABOUT THE BOOK
When the Sea Turned to Silver
By Grace Lin
Published by Little, Brown Books
for Young Readers
Age Range: 9 – 12 Years
National Book Award Finalist!
Pinmei’s gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei’s grandmother—before it’s too late.
When the Sea Turned to Silver is a companion novel to Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.
“Lin’s fans will not be disappointed: she again delivers a rich interweaving of ancient tales with fast-paced adventure, fantasy, and slowly unfolding mysteries told through captivating language with beguiling similes.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“This beautifully told companion…offers lyrical storytelling, bringing ‘us to places we have never dreamed of.’” —Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Lin’s evocative language sweeps readers away, and the stories within the story are juicy and delicious…” —Booklist (starred review)