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.
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.
We are studying Ancient China and this book was the perfect read aloud. My family enjoyed it so much.
We read this as a history read aloud. We learned so much about the Chinese culture! It was interesting and heartbreaking at the same time. Overall, we all enjoyed this book.
This book offers a look at the cultural beliefs and everyday lives of Chinese people in the 1800’s. However, I found the story was very simple and lacked depth. It was hard to keep my children engaged.
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.
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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