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Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles) (edition 2012)

by Na Liu, Andres Vera Martinez, Andres Vera Martinez (Illustrator)

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Title:Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles)
Authors:Na Liu
Other authors:Andres Vera Martinez, Andres Vera Martinez (Illustrator)
Info:Graphic Universe (2012), Paperback, 96 pages
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Tags:graphic novel

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White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles) by Na Liu

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    Mao's People: Sixteen Portraits of Life in Revolutionary China by B. Michael Frolic (lifeguardsleeping)
    lifeguardsleeping: while "white duck" might target youth/teen audiences, "mao's people" is an excellent companion piece given the scope of its oral histories/interviews and ease of reading. it's a compelling collection that speaks to the wide range of experiences in the cultural revolution. for teachers, stories can be easily excerpted.… (more)

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Response - I really liked the author's style and voice. Her stories are touching and personal, yet simple.

Curricular connection - I would use this with upper elementary or middle school students in a social studies unit or to teach literacy skills
  jegammon | Feb 11, 2015 |
A young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Feb 7, 2015 |
Autobiographical memories from a girl's childhood in the 1970s in China. Liu Na recalls the national mourning when Chairman Mao died, her parents' insistence about not wasting food due to their childhoods lived in hunger and poverty (pre-cultural revolution), the traditions of family and foods of Chinese New Year, and visiting rural China to her father's hometown where progress and wealth had not yet reached.
  lrubin75 | Oct 17, 2014 |
This brief graphic novel relates several episodes that occurred during the author's childhood in China in the 1970s, including the death of Mao Zedong and a visit to her father's poverty-stricken hometown. The stories are from a young child's perspective, but the book seems to be aimed at older children or young teens, who can better understand the deeper meanings of the book's events.

An important inside look at a period of history that few tweens learn about in school. Readers will probably have questions, some of which are answered in the glossary, timeline, and map in the back of the book. Brief bloodless depictions of rat- and bird-killing, bug-spearing, and one instance of a cook cutting the head off a (dead) duck may keep this book out of the hands of the squeamish.

Recommended, especially as a precursor or supplement to something like "American Born Chinese." ( )
  DeweyEver | Apr 17, 2013 |
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We would like to dedicate this book to our family in China and daughter Mei Lan. - Andrés and Na
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The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin--Big Piano--and her younger sister, Xiao Qin--Little Piano--live in the city of Wuhan with their parents. For decades, China's government had kept the country separated from the rest of the world. When their country's leader, Chairman Mao, dies, new opportunities begin to emerge. Da Qin and Xiao Qin soon learn that their childhood will be much different than the upbringing their parents experienced.

Eight short stories--based on the author's own life--give readers a unique look at what it was like to grow up in China during this important time in history.

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A young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

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