Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island

Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island by Laurence Yep with Dr. Kathleen S. Yep
Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep knows that he must leave his home in China and travel to America with the father who is a stranger to him. Gim Lew doesn't want to leave behind everything that he's ever known. But he is even more scared of disappointing his father. He uses his left hand, rather than the "correct" right hand; he stutters; and most of all, he worries about not passing the strict immigration test administered at Angel Island.


librarycat said...

This book brings to life a little known period of history through the eyes of a small Chinese boy who is immigrating to the US in the 1920's.
It's based on the true story of the author's grandfather and father. The small "slice of life" presented is well written and interesting, and leaves the reader wanting to know more. Historical information at the end of the book will probably appeal more to adults than children. rating *** cheryl w

Carrot in the stew said...

The Dragon's Child, a very well written book and based on a true story. It is amazing what people went through to get into this country, and how we take it all for granted. I fell in love with little Yep Gim Lew and his stuttering and using his left hand. It must have been hard for him to leave his mother and the only life he knew at the age of 9. This is a great book to read if you had any ancestors that crossed the oceans to start a new life in America. I give it 3 ***