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Landed by Milly Lee


by Milly Lee

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I thought this book was fine! It was informational and definitely meaningful. I think that the illustrations paired with the text on each page worked well and the settings which the book takes place in are accurate for the time period. The illustrations colors are more dulled and washed out which works well with the book supposed to be taking place around the mid to late 1800s. One of my favorite illustrated pages is the page when Sun's dad throws the torn up pages of the coaching book off the ledge of the boat. Now Sun knows the intensity to the importance of listening to his fathers advice. Although the writing is organized and paced well, there is a lot of text per page - for example, pages 13-14 and 5-6. These types of pages could lead a child to get a little overwhelmed. Regardless of how well-paced the information is, it is a lot of written information to be expected to comprehend.
Overall, I think the main idea/ message the author wanted to get across was the importance of taking risks to make a better life for yourself. Sun didn't want to leave his homeland but once he realized that his brothers had grown up and became successful, he knew it was important for him to do the same! ( )
  hfetty1 | Apr 11, 2016 |

Landed is a picture book about a twelve year old boy named Sun from China who immigrates to America. His father is a merchant who owns a store in San Francisco and all of his brothers have gone through the immigration process after the age of twelve. On his twelfth birthday, Sun’s father informs him about immigrating to the United States. He spends time with a tutor who helps him prepare for the questioning he will have to endure at Angel Island. When the time comes, Sun and his father take the long journey by boat from China to San Francisco. Because Sun’s father has already gone through the immigration process, he has to leave Sun behind at Angel Island. Sun spends about four weeks at Angel Island before he goes through three days of questioning to prove who he is. Finally, after all of the questioning, Sun is able to reunite with his father and his brothers in California.

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This is a great example of a historical fiction picture book for older elementary students. It does a great job explaining what it was like for immigrants from other countries coming to America during the Gold Rush. Although the story itself isn’t a true story, it does a wonderful job portraying the realistic life style, struggles and accomplishments of people during this time period. It talks about the struggles Sun has to go through having to study and prepare to be interrogated and having to live at Angel Island until they release him into America. The central message of this story is to inform children about the history of immigrants and what kinds of experiences they endured during this time period. This is a great example of a multicultural book for older children because it portrays the Asian American culture and is a more complex text with lots of details and more advanced vocabulary. ( )
  BrookeMattingly | Oct 27, 2014 |
Sun is a 12 year old boy who is immigrating from China. His father is a merchant and his 3 older brothers already have immigrated to America. He takes a ship to California and stays in Angel's Island for 4 weeks. He is questioned and when he finally passes to be able to migrate to san Francisco legally.

The central message of this book was to understand what immigration was like for Sun. This book was quite lengthy, therefore I believe it is more appropriate for older grades in Elementary School. There was much dialogue, compared to other books I have analyzed for LibraryThing, and the pictures were very illustrative of events that happened to Sun.
  mkaray1 | Oct 27, 2014 |
SUMMARY: Sun is a 12 year old boy who is immigrating from China. His father is a merchant and his 3 older brothers already have immigrated to America. He takes a ship to California and stays in Angel's Island for 4 weeks. He is questioned and when he finally passes to be able to migrate to san Francisco legally.

Review: The central message of this book was to describe the immigration process that Sun had experienced. This book was very lengthy and had a lot of detail. It had a lot of dialogue to describe his experiences. For example, "You will go to Angel Island and be interviewed and questioned without me," HIs father said this to Sun.
  ekrzys1 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Wonderful picture book about a boy who moves from Southern China to San Francisco at the age of twelve. His father is a merchant, and he prepares his son for the interrogation expected as part of the immigration process at Angel Island.

There is quite a lot of text, and therefore it is more appropriate for an older elementary to early middle school crowd. A nice book based on the true story of the author's relative. ( )
  mrsctw | Sep 12, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374343144, Hardcover)

Sun is ready to leave his village in China for America, the
place known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. His father warns
him, though, that passage will not be easy. Because of the 1882
Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants like Sun are detained
at Angel Island until they are called to take a difficult oral
exam before they can "land" - leave Angel Island and go
ashore. On the boat, Sun had studied maps of his village and
memorized facts about his ancestors. But as the weeks pass in
detainment, the map's compass points swirl in his memory, and
Sun worries that he will lose his direction and be turned away.
The oil paintings are rich with historical details in this vivid
recounting, based on the author's father-in-law's experiences, of
a disturbing chapter in Chinese American history.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:12 -0400)

After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island, San Francisco, before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. Includes historical notes.

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