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Lit group with 10-12 year olds
on March 7, 2012
I am a teacher of 5/6 grade students. We read this book together as an extension of our studies on Southeast Asia. Here is what kids had to say.
Kid 1: I liked it but I wanted more. I wanted an ending that wrapped things up more. I was depressed by it.
Kid 2: I liked it, but it needed more action. The grandmother seemed like she was dying, and I think she should have.
Kid 3: I agree with the above.
Kid 4: Needed more action and a better ending.
Kid 5: Same.
Kid 6: It was written with great literary skills, but I think they needed a little more cliffhangers, stuff that held you on the edge of your seat.
Kid 7: Needs some mystery in it.
Teacher: We had some good discussions about the book, especially the issue surrounding the older sister and her need to join a factory. I especially liked the various mention of Thai foods and customs. My students have a deeper sense of Southeast Asian life from reading this.:)