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|Age Level: 8 - 12|
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Lim’s prose is elegant and accessible. She deftly includes definitions of Chinese words that help give context as well as an air of authenticity.
More than once while reading The Crystal Ribbon I questioned the suggested age range. Even though Jing is 12, the book read older. This was not just because of the language, but the situations in which Jing finds herself. Most 8-year-olds are not going to understand what a concubine is, and this could lead to some confusion and difficult conversations parents aren’t quite ready for. I suggest this for older/mature middle-graders and young adults.
*I received an advanced reader copy from by the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
What really bothered me:
1. That a child of 11 could be bartered off as a "wife."
2. The silence expected on the behalf of Jing regarding, well, everything. There's respecting your elders, and then there's being abused and shamed into silence.
3. Names and words. I struggled with cultural names and regular insertion of foreign words. They pulled me out of the story.
Things I loved:
1. Seeing the world through a different culture.
2. Understanding the ideas of nature and spirit worship.
3. The magical aspects of the story and good spirits watching out for people.
4. That Jing found a happy ending despite all she went through.
This book is beautiful, but although it is marketed to middle grade readers, I advise parents to be discerning. My 12 year old read it and appreciated the story, but she reads a wide variety of genres. If your child is not mature enough to face the concept of a "chinglou" (look it up), perhaps skip this one for now.
Overall, this was a beautiful journey about coming into one's own and developing the strength to stand on your own two feet. For that reason, I do recommend that is book to readers.