Foo and Ching

by Phyllis Ayer Sowers
Rated 4.7 out of 5


Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2021

This was a quick read and very insightful. Woven into the story of Foo and Ching are many cultural details of Chinese life. This is a great book to read aloud when learning about China.

Mackenzie S

Great Story

Rated 5 out of 5
April 25, 2020

I loved this story! It is a good read, and the way it is written is very captivating. It is hard to put down because you want to know more about what is going on with Foo and Ching.


Engaging story 🏮

Rated 5 out of 5
September 14, 2022

I loved this story about ancient China! It is well-written and the main characters are well-mannered and exhibit good morals. The story brings you back to ancient China and is engaging and interesting!


Excellent history read aloud

Rated 4 out of 5
November 30, 2021

We recently read this as we were studying ancient China. I appreciated that western views weren’t added into the story. The fact that girls weren’t as valued brought up a lot of discussion points.

The story swept us along in this one. I loved how it ended.

Nicole M

Good read aloud

Rated 4 out of 5
November 2, 2021

I used this book as a history read aloud with my kindergarten and 4th grader. It was a little slow to start but they became very interested as the story progressed snd the characters where traveling on their own trying to survive.

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As young orphans living in a remote Chinese village, Ching and her brother, Foo, escape their cruel caretaker and embark on a perilous journey of survival. When the children are taken into a luxurious home by their father’s cousin, they hope for a new beginning. While they both find themselves surrounded by kindness, Ching does not share the same opportunities as her brother. Then, when the honorable grandmother becomes ill, Ching’s sweet disposition, loving heart, and eagerness to care for Grandmother A-Mah may prove to be the very qualities that help her win the respect of her new family.

This delightful story, set in mid-1800s China, sweeps readers along on a memorable journey through geography, culture, tradition, kindness, and the bonds of kinship.

79 pages

This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 2 course and is included in the optional History 2 Book Pack.

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