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Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze Paperback – April 29, 2008
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A Newbery Medal Book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I often read this book with my sixth grade class. The author is Western (she left America for a career as a teacher and missionary in Shanghai, Chungking, and Nanking) and sometimes this bias shows through, as does her distaste for rabble-rousing young revolutionaries (early communists?), though perhaps her sentiments would be shared by many modern Chinese.
Still, the book makes fascinating reading. It introduces the reader to a China that has passed into history (thank goodness - it was such a violent time), yet many authentic cultural ideas and customs that are presented in the book persist, such as payment of debts on New Years, crooked streets catching ghosts, etc. There are even a few Chinese expressions. Some are translated into English (like FangXin - let down your heart) and others are kept in Chinese, such as Tuchun (a military governor).
The book is well-written, though quite episodic. This episodic nature can be an advantage, though, since it may be possible to shorten the book when presenting it to a class by skipping some chapters.
Also, in the back of the book is an appendix, keyed to the chapters, that explains some differences between the China of today and the China of the 1920's.
The characters are well drawn.Read more ›
Young Fu grapples with many adolescent challenges during the next three years: bandits and beggars (both of whom have their own Guilds which demand extortion for protection), hazing of new apprentices and country folk in general, marauding soldiers, a river in flood, a hospital in flames, buying from slick merchants, gambling with professionals, and the greatest of all evils: opium smuggling. As he matures over the fifteen chapters to near manhood Fu manages to impress his demanding but fair master with his honesty, creativity, ingenuity, courage and morality. Even as a youth this resilient fellow can claim a Foreign lady and an elderly scholar as his Friends.
Readers are introduced to Chinese words and customs, as well as snippets of Chinese history and many proverbs which reflect centuries of wisdom and observation of human nature. Young Fu's world experiences the turmoil of the Chinese Nationalists who are grimly determined to reform the entire country, by wresting power from rival warlords.Read more ›
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Beautiful, Descriptive Storytelling
I first read Young Fu nearly twenty years ago, and it has been one of my favourite books ever since. Read more
An early winner of the Newbery Award for children’s literature set in China in the late 1920’s.
It’s a real pleasure as I read these older Newbery winners to discover... Read more
Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 7 months ago by Norman Eng
My sister enjoyed the bio fictional story. Mrs. Lewis made the story very real life, and my sister will read it again and again I'm sure.Published 14 months ago by N. Lloyd
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze 267 pages
By Elizabeth Foreman Lewis $6.50
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Young Fu of the Upper Yang Tze, was the first book Elizabeth Foreman Lewis wrote after returning from China and a John Newbery medal winner. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Navin
Young Fu is an apprentice and as many apprentice stories, this book describes the trials of having to serve a master. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Mirrani