Mei Li and the Wise Laoshi

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Mei Li has just about had it with Cameron's teasing, and she daydreams of having a fairy godmother. Instead she is granted with a wise old teacher from China who appears at her bedside! With his magic cane and his gentle ways, Laoshi takes Mei Li on an adventure to China and back to the day she was born to show her how her story began. Together they perch on a shaky pagoda and look at the Great Wall of China, a flowing river, and even pandas as the wise old Laoshi guides her through some hard questions she has ...
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Overview

Mei Li has just about had it with Cameron's teasing, and she daydreams of having a fairy godmother. Instead she is granted with a wise old teacher from China who appears at her bedside! With his magic cane and his gentle ways, Laoshi takes Mei Li on an adventure to China and back to the day she was born to show her how her story began. Together they perch on a shaky pagoda and look at the Great Wall of China, a flowing river, and even pandas as the wise old Laoshi guides her through some hard questions she has been holding in her heart. Laoshi teaches Mei Li that a family is not just about who you were born to, but can also be created through the amazing gift of love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468003079
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,191,160
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Bratt grew up in the Midwest as the child of a broken home and later, a survivor of abuse. Facing these obstacles in her own life instilled in Kay a passionate drive to fight for those that had been dealt an unfair hand. Upon arriving in China on an expatriate assignment with her husband in 2003, she was immediately drawn to the cause of China's forgotten orphans. Moved beyond tears by the stories of these children, she promised to give them the voice they did not have. In 2008, she self-published her memoir "Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage" to do just that. With the help of her readers, Kay continues to raise awareness and advocate for at-risk children. In China, she was honored with the 2006 Pride of the City award for her humanitarian work. She works with An Orphan's Wish, and is also an active volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. Kay currently resides in Georgia with her husband and daughter.
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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    Mei Li was adopted from China. She is having a tough time with


    Mei Li was adopted from China. She is having a tough time with bullying, racism, people staring, adoption questions and wondering why her birthmother did not keep her. Daydreaming about getting a fairy godmother to help her out brings a wise old Chinese teacher, laoshi (pronounced laow shur in Chinese) to her side. Laoshi takes Mei Li back to China to the day she was born and shows her ways to think about and respond to all these heavy questions she has been harboring. His words are well chosen and address most of the burdensome thoughts young adoptees carry in their hearts, often without telling their parents.

    Told in poetry form, this is a great book for starting and fostering conversations with young children. The illustrations are bit cartoony for my old person's taste, but they will likely appeal to Nickelodean watchers. While the main character is a girl, all the questions and issues addressed easily pertain to boys adopted from China. The Laoshi's insights also apply to children adopted from any country who do not look like their parents and want to know why their birthmother did not keep them. Differences in their child's story can be talked through and expanded upon by the parents so the child can learn about the different ways children are adopted.

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