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Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America (Tales…

Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America (Tales of Young Americans)

by Helen Foster James

Other authors: Wilson Ong (Illustrator)

Series: Tales of Young Americans

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This book is a great pairing with Angel Island, it expands on the story and explains the term "paper son" giving it more attention from a child's perspective. Wang Lee's grandparents buy him a slot to ensure his entrance into America. But will he pass the test after studying the coaching book? ( )
  yy2teach | Feb 11, 2019 |
Wang Lee was a 12 year old boy who had to take the name of Fu Lee in order to be a paper son and gain citizenship in America. His PoPo and Gong Gong send him to America since he will be safer and have more opportunity there. He has to study his coaching book which tells him information that he has to memorize about his new family in America, and he will be questioned about everything before he enters America. On the way, he meets a friend named Tai who is also a paper son. Both of them get into America because they answered all of their interview questions correctly and Fu Lee meets his paper father. ( )
  allisonmeyer | Apr 2, 2018 |
This is a lovely book exploring the experiences of one boy (a composite character) coming from China to become the "paper son" his parents paid for. Although I liked the picture book in general, the pace felt rushed for the format and without pre-teaching, students will not understand the significance of the location or context of the events. This leaves the reader with a lack of character development and little understanding of the motivations. The illustrations by Wilson Ong are beautiful but I would have appreciated one or two similar to the last - showing the characters in identifiable locations as a visual aid for young readers. Overall, this book could be a valuable part of any classroom library when used in conjunction with non-fiction titles to provide background information and context. There is a somewhat useful explanation of Angel Island at the end of the book, but overall the lack of bibliography and other media to link the story to primary sources prevents it from being a stand-alone resource. ( )
  ReneHohls | Dec 5, 2013 |
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Twelve-year-old Lee, an orphan, reluctantly leaves his grandparents in China for the long sea voyage to San Francisco, where he and other immigrants undergo examinations at Angel Island Immigration Station.

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