Thursday, November 11, 2010

Only One Year - Andrea Cheng

Publisher:  Lee and Low
Source:  Review copy from publisher
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

In this story Sharon and Mary learn their parents are going to send their baby brother to China to live with his grandparents for one year.  In this way he will be immersed in the Chinese culture.  This decision creates many different feelings in not only the children but also in the adults.  As I read this from a mother's perspective, I kept wondering how these parents could make that decision.  I understand wanting them to be immersed in their culture but it would be so difficult.  I did enjoy the book as it gave me a look at a different culture.  I believe my students will be interested in it as we have added Chinese this year to our curriculum and they are learning a lot about the culture from our Chinese teacher who is here for this year.

(The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of the other panalists)

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