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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord

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I loved how this story was told through the viewpoint of a young Chinese immigrant. It gave me a better understanding of how someone might feel moving to new country with a completely different language and culture. Shirley’s adjustment was often humorous, making this a fun book to read. I also liked that the book explained some of Chinese culture. When Shirley’s family learned that she would be moving to America, Shirley desperately wanted to know what was going on but knew she could not ask because it is not appropriate for children to ask questions in China. The message of this book is learning to adjust to new environments. ( )
  EmilySadler | May 6, 2014 |
1947 is the year of the boar in the Chinese calendar, and it's the year when 10 year-old Sixth Cousin and her mother leave Chungking to reunite with her father in their new Brooklyn home. Taking the name of Shirley Temple Wong to better fit in, she doesn't speak English and is smaller than her new classmates. All her attempts to make friends fail until she discovers baseball and the new star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson.

Though it's a children's book, this is a good story about the difficulties of transitioning between cultures. We meet Shirley first in her very traditional extended Chinese home, where every member of the family is aware of the hierarchy, then see her try to figure out a place that has so little structure. It's based on the author's own arrival in America ( )
  mstrust | Jan 2, 2014 |
Ten-year-old Bandit is excited when her grandfather announces to the family that she will be going with her mother to join her father in America. She must leave her clan and the only life she has known in China, but she is sure that moving to America will be an adventure. To celebrate, she chooses a new name—Shirley Temple Wong. Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends. So one day she decided to play baseball, after that she loved the game. She started to make new friends after she hit a home run. When she went up to bat everyone would cheer her on and it made her feel like part of the group. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity. When Jackie Robinson was invited to their school she was greatly honored to present him with the key to their school.
  Future_educator | Nov 21, 2013 |
I think this was required reading about three times in school when I was growing up. I loved it every time. The "Lucky Strikes" scene still makes me crack up. ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 9, 2012 |
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Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams.Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn't know any English, so it's hard to make friends. Then a miracle-baseball-happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone's hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

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In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for baseball.

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