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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic Universe (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761381155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761381150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graphic memoirs are a cornerstone of the graphic-novel format, but rarely are they written with children as the primary audience. In eight short stories, Liu has done just that, giving younger readers a glimpse into her life growing up in China just after the death of Chairman Mao. By linking her stories to a teaching by Confucius that says one learns in three ways—by studying history, by imitating others, and through one’s own experience—Liu shows how her parents survived the famine during China’s Great Leap Forward, how the death of soldier Lei Feng influenced the behavior of Liu and her sister, and how a trip to the countryside to visit her relations helped Liu realize just how privileged her life in the city was. The stories are vivid even without Martinéz’s bold artwork that evokes both traditional Chinese scrolls and midcentury propaganda posters. The result is a memoir that reads like a fable, a good story with a moral that resonates. Grades 4-7. --Eva Volin --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

About the Author

Na Liu is a doctor of hematology and oncology. She moved from Wuhan, China, to Austin, Texas, in 1998 to work as a research scientist for MD Anderson Cancer Center. She met her husband, Andrés Vera Martínez, in Austin.

Andrés Vera Martínez was born in Lamesa, Texas, and was raised in Austin. He has created comics and illustrations for Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, CBS/Showtime, and the New York Times. His work has received awards and recognition from the Society of Illustrators, 3x3 Magazine, and American Illustration.

Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez live in Brooklyn, New York, with their daughter, Mei Lan. They take annual trips to visit their families in Wuhan and Austin.

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This book is a pleasure for all ages.
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There is also great care taken to explain relevant customs and traditions, both in the comic and with the glossary and timeline in the back.
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"Aaall right! All right. Go ahead and take it."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's funny to think about, but the fact of the matter is that we're still in the early days of the graphic novel memoir for children. Adult graphic novel memoirs are capable of winning top literary awards, like the Pulitzer or the National Book Award. On the kid side of things the options are far more limited. The top literary prize for kids, the Newbery, has never been handed to a comic work, nor does the American Library Association have a prize for comics of any sort. All this comes to mind when I pick up a book like "Little White Duck". Couched in the memories of its author, this groundbreaking work is perhaps the finest marriage of world history and comic art for kids I've seen in a very long time. A must read for young and old alike.

Told in eight short stories, the book follows Da Qin the middle class daughter of two parents, living in the late 1970s/early 80s. Through her eyes we see a number of small stories about growing up in a post-Mao China. There's the tale of how she and her younger sister attempted to emulate their nation's heroes by helping some thirsty chicks (to an unfortunate end, I'm afraid), or the one about having to bring in rat tails to prove she was great at pest control. There's the story of how Mao's death affected the nation, and useful facts about China during this era. Most impressive is the titular story about Da Qin and what happened to the white velvet duck on her jacket when she and her father visited the village where he was born. Honest, sometimes funny, and unusually touching, this glimpse into another life in another world rings distinctly true.

This book has been a reason for serious debate amongst the librarians of my system. Some wondered about the seemingly unconnected stories and whether or not they gelled properly.
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Format: Library Binding
Na's eyes widened as she pored over a book about Chinese mythology. The book was upside down, but no matter, she loved to "read" and the characters came alive for her and swirled though her mind. Na was four-years-old and lived in Wuhan, China next to the great Yangtze river. There was a bit of unexpected discord in the house and her parents started to quarrel. Her father wanted them to go visit his mother, Na's nai nai. "We don't owe her anything!" her mother argued, "She insisted we have another child. When it turned out to be another girl, she refused to help us." Na would be going with baba alone to visit her.

It wasn't something that Na wanted to do, but it was just going to be a day trip so she relented. Jia jia, her mother's mother, had bought her a beautifully soft green coat with a "little velvet duck" sewn onto the front. Mama didn't want her to take it to the village, but because it was her favorite she insisted and began to pout. "Aaall right! All right. Go ahead and take it." Baba and Na began their train journey through the mountains to Longquan. Baba's brothers welcomed him, but nai nai was frightening and mean. She went outside to see her cousins, but found they were very different. What was wrong with them and why were they interested in the little white duck?

This is an enchanting series of tales about Na Liu's childhood in post-Maoist China. The tales are vignettes of Na, or Da Qin's life, an ordinary life as she saw it. The pages, however, are filled with a history that is a bridge from a totalitarian-ruled country to the ever-evolving one we know today. In the short tales we get a glimpse at Chinese history that had been once hidden from the rest of the world, a history that was a part of her family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tea on January 23, 2013
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I originally bought this for my daughter (12), whom I adopted from China. However, after reading it, I think it's better for an adult with a curiosity about China (i.e., me). Those times seem to have been rather drab and difficult and it shows in the story's tone; it's not the kind of book to give a kid pride in her heritage. It helps to have some knowledge of China's history in that era, as well as the perspective of adulthood that makes a person cherish the child's memories and view of life. (The five stars is for a adult reading it, not a child.)

I've been a fan of comics for many years (since I grew up in Japan), and this is one of those books where the comic format is right on because of the book's desire to make you see and feel another time. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, and although this isn't fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to a different place, time, mindset, and stage of life. Lovely.
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Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley. I subsequently purchased a copy for our school library.

This is an intriguing grouping of eight short stories depicting a unique part of Chinese history. Blending dreams, memories, family rituals, and Chinese folktales, these stories transport the reader to a time of radical change for the people of China. The book begins around the time of Mao Zedong's death. The people of China had been isolated and schooled strictly in the government's ideology and with his death, many changes began. The authors manage to be very respectful of the parents' beliefs and loyalty to Mao. The mother had benefited greatly from the government through medical care during her bout with polio. The stories show everything from a child's perspective so it is not surprising that the view of Mao Zedong is a positive one. The stories point to a hopeful future in spite of the difficulties of the time.

The stories are fascinating since they show everyday life of a young child experiencing an upheaval in her life. There are fears, disappointments and joys that most children can relate to in some way even if the setting and context may be unfamiliar to readers.

The illustrations are beautiful and the yellowed paper/background adds to the feeling of the past. They add a rich layer to the stories.

This would be a great text to pair with Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Ji Jiang.

Review originally posted at Reading Through Life [...]
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