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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Hardcover – October 1, 1986
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Essentially what the book is about is an immigrant Chinese girl who moves to the US and lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is trying to assimilate with her new culture.
If you're considering getting this for your child or someone you know, I highly recommend it!! It is so cute and this book is great. Very well written and very appropriate for elementary school kids!
Give it a shot! You won't regret it :)
In homeschooling my two sons, we are doing a study on China. Although this is not heavily based in China, and is mainly set in Brooklyn, NY, USA, It shows a bit of what family life in China during that time in the late 1940s might have been like and what some of her upbringing could be like as an immigrant.
Bandit, as she is known as in China, chooses an American name when she hears that she is going to be living in the US, where her father was looking for work. She had not seen him in so long and was excited, but sad that she would have to leave her family. This story shows some of the hardships she might face while going to school and while not even knowing the language at first. I don't know if a kid would learn English as quickly as she does, but it was still pretty interesting and a cute story.
In the process of the year of the Boar (1947, the year my dad was born), there is a rookie for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson. A bit of the story revolves around him and the sport of Baseball.
My sons really had enjoyed this story too. I think the only unsettling part of it is that there is some name calling (though I think it was necessary) as well as two girls looking at an anatomy book (but saying they are naked people). That whole scene is just odd. It leads to interesting discussion, for certain.
Being Chinese-American myself, this book was one of few kidlit books available at the time with some nice, but limited, representation of the Chinese immigrant experience in the late ‘40s, even though it wasn’t what my parents went through. Bette Bao Lord infused a good amount of whimsical and relatable humor, and drama from a child’s point of view. The pictures by Marc Simont are wonderful, as expected.
Just read it to my 9yo daughter, and she adored it too. Definitely a keeper.
I read this story as a child, then bought for my 10 year old. She read it in one sitting, because it is very engaging.
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