His Banner Over Me

His Banner Over Me

by Jean Little
     
 

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Flora Gauld has lived in Taiwan for as long as she can remember, but now she is going home to Canada to stay with her uncle and aunt. She is given the special responsibility of looking after her younger brother, William—but who will look after her?  See more details below

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Flora Gauld has lived in Taiwan for as long as she can remember, but now she is going home to Canada to stay with her uncle and aunt. She is given the special responsibility of looking after her younger brother, William—but who will look after her?

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The author's paean to her mother, this book tells the story of Flora Gauld's life as the daughter of Canadian missionaries. Born in Taiwan, Flora finds Canada somewhat foreign. She learns to adapt, and spends many years living with a loving aunt and uncle while her parents continue their work in Taiwan. Exceptionally intelligent, Flora entered medical school at the age of sixteen. The book focuses on the family ties that hold everyone together despite the deprivations of missionary life.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-In the third volume of her memoirs, Little visits the childhood years of her mother, Flora (Gorrie) Gauld. At age four, Gorrie, her mother, and siblings left their home and missionary father in Taiwan to return to her mother's home in Canada. After several years pass, her mother returns to Taiwan, leaving the children in the care of their Aunt Jen. Though the story spans more than a decade and often skips several years with only a transitional sentence, readers will enjoy young Gorrie's petulant incapacity for being good in the tradition of Ramona Quimby or Laura Ingalls. Older readers will appreciate her developing insight and philosophical observations about her family members and her experiences in training to become a doctor. Little's fictionalized, but well-researched, account of what it is like for children to be separated from parents for years at a time will enlighten many, as well as provide an example of a life lived in dedication to the missionary ideal. It is this faith that sustains the Gaulds through separation, a cruel teacher, and a cyclone, and allows them to find humor and joy even in the worst times. Little's adherence to the detail of everyday life creates an engaging portrait of life in Kippen, Ontario, prior, to and during World War II. Fans of Little by Little (1988) and Stars Come Out Within (1991, both Viking) will certainly wish to read this volume, as will others interested in coming-of-age stories with an intellectual bent.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
Shelley Townsend-Hudson
Flora "Gorrie" Gaud, the child of missionaries, knows only Taiwan as home until the age of five, when her family returns to Canada. No sooner does she get her bearings than her parents return to Taiwan, leaving her and her siblings in the care of an aunt and uncle. The children do not see their parents again for many years, during which time an older brother is killed in World War I. Gorrie attends the university to study medicine and befriends a lonely, terminally ill young woman who dramatically shapes Gorrie's future, making her even more determined to serve others as a doctor. Little bases her poignant novel loosely on the life of her mother, and she takes as her story's themes the nature of family and the "banner of love" that sustained her family through triumph and struggle. The characterizations are flawless, with the chapter devoted to Gorrie's relationship with her grandparents particularly charming. The fine details of the book, such as the telling epigraphs heading each chapter, will be missed by most young readers, but it is just such nuances that are the hallmark of Little's style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140377613
Publisher:
Penguin Canada
Publication date:
04/25/2007
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Beloved and award-winning author Jean Little has garnered numerous accolades for her work. Born in Taiwan to Canadian doctors who were serving as missionaries, she was legally blind from birth. Little obtained a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to write 44 more works, including novels, picture books, poetry, short stories, and two autobiographical books. She has six honorary degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. Little lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her family.

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