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Listed on the New York Public Library's "100 Titles to Read and Share" list of outstanding books for 1999.
"The evocative descriptions and Jade's intensity in creating new ways to learn will capture and hold readers." Kirkus Reviews
"Park's novel offers readers a brief but enticing glimpose at another time and place." School Library Journal
"A wonderful and exciting book." Children's Book Review Service
Posted May 2, 2013
Posted July 27, 2012
This book was too short. 60 pages. There was no climax or exciting revelations. The story goes nowhere. The beginning is promising, but nothing happens at the end of the book. I guess it was realistic, but it was too boring and ordinary to be a great story. The writing is good, but the plot is a dud. This is the only bad novel of the Linda Sue Park collection. Save your money and buy another book. This one was a waste. I would give it 1.5 stars if I could.
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Posted March 2, 2012
This is wonderful book especially for kids around 4th grade and up. It really challenges the reader to walk in someone elses shoes and appreciate the freedoms we have everyday. I read this book when I was probably 11 and I have never forgotten it. It's still great!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2011
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Posted December 4, 2009
Jade Blossom lives in a family compound in seventeenth century Korea. Her father is an adviser to the king. Jade and her cousin, Willow, live in the female section of the compound, separately from the men and boys, but the girls take every opportunity to play tricks on Jade's brother. She and Willow are like sisters, and then Willow is married and moves to her own compound, where Jade will probably not be able to see her again.
Jade's brother helps her to obtain paper and charcoal to try her hand at drawing. She longs to see the outside world, but the walls are too high to see over, and she is not allowed to roam outside the area. She really wants to see the mountains, so that she can draw them.
One day, she hides in an empty outgoing market basket, and hops out in the marketplace, undetected. She sees many things, including girls her own age, and begins to realize that not everyone lives in a secluded compound.
Then she sees a group of prisoners being herded toward the palace. They are very different looking with something that looks like yellow and brown sheep's wool on their chins and cheeks. She learns that they were shipwrecked, and will now be put on trial and likely executed, since foreigners are not allowed to enter the country. Jade pleads with her father to intervene on behalf of the prisoners in this exciting historical adventure.
Park manages to convey the times and the setting with a feeling of reality. Black-and-white illustrations give visual insight as the story progresses and as Jade grows psychologically, while leaving you aware of the fact that her forward-thinking will never bring her much closer to her goals. SEESAW GIRL helps to show the dilemmas that many women still live with in other cultures of the world.
Posted November 4, 2004
Jade Blossom is not like every other twelve-year old daughter of a wealthy advisor in 17th century Korea. Although she is confined to the inner court of her family¿s village, Jade finds her own excitement by playing tricks on her brother and getting into trouble with her best friend and cousin Willow. Like all the other girls in her village Jade learns the role of women in her household and does everything from cooking the food and doing the laundry to sewing and cleaning. However, Jade Blossom is not like all the other girls in her family, she dreams of life outside the walls of the inner court. When Willow marries and moves away, Jade is lonely and becomes determined to see what lies beyond the outer wall. On a daring escape to see Willow and the outside world, Jade¿s eyes are open to the new and exciting world beyond the inner court. Once she has returned, Jade still longs to see it again and knows that it will never be possible. As a result, Jade finds herself looking for other ways to see the world beyond the inner court. Young readers will experience the life of a young Korean girl long ago and they will see how different life is now. Children will read about the many different cultural aspects of Jade¿s life and the role that women played in her society. Seesaw Girl opens the eyes of young readers to a life far different from anything they will ever experience, and teaches them to follow their dreams.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2000
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was very readable and I believe children will enjoy reading about historical Korean life. There aren't many books on Korea for children and this is one that should be read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2011
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Posted February 25, 2009
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