Monkey combines the elements of fantasy, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, history, and geography to create a story that has lasted for centuries in China.In Monkey, Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy venture to India to obtain Buddhist scriptures. This story derives from the true journey west of Xuanzang, a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to India to obtain Indian Buddhist texts. Both Monkey and Xuanzang’s journeys takes them along what is called “The Silk Route”. Tripitaka’s journey and Xuanzang’s journey both lead them through many different environments, ranging from deserts to mountains to rivers. Monkey also discusses several dynasties: the Han Dynasty and the T’ang Dynasty. Several famous landmarks, The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Flaming Mountain, and the Jade Gate are also mentioned in the story. During this reading unit, children will be reading “The Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven” and responding to prompts posted on the blog. Monkey King is quite the character and will be sure to keep the students riveted in their books as they discover what trouble he will next get into. This “classic” has existed in China for 500 plus years and is still the favorite of Chinese children today.