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.
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.
I'm always on the lookout for a good graphic novel set in China or about Chinese culture. Most I've found are fantastic, but a little over the heads of my 6 and 8 year olds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Blumberg-Kason
Awesome book. Gorgeous artwork. Poignant story. So grateful that Na Liu chose to tell her story. A true gift to the world (corny as that sounds...it's true).Published 2 months ago by Y.B.
This is a lovely story which I bought for my adopted Chinese granddaughter. It taught her
a little about China which she enjoyed and with which she identified, I think. Read more
This book is so inspirational I love it! If you like culture books than you will love this book, it is amazing!!!!Published 4 months ago by Leia Listou
Little White Duck is a collaboration between a wife/husband team Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez where they portray Na Liu’s early childhood in Wuhan, China. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shelli
In preparation for a trip to China, I read Little White Duck by Na Liu. This graphic novel is an actual account what life was like in China between 1976 and 1980 when China was... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Claire Annette Noland
OK, but it didn't have the impact I had expected with my students. From the write up I thought my middle school readers would be knocked out. Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. B. Godfrey
Review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley. I subsequently purchased a copy for our school library. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Crystal