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Laurence Yep has published almost 60 books, including science fiction and children's stories. Among his many prize-winning books are Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate, both Newbery Medal Honor Books. Other titles include Child of the Owl, Angelfish, Star Fisher, and Later Gator.
Called boyish by her new family for being able to read and write, twelve-year-old, orphaned Spring Pearl's "odd ways" help save the family during the 1857 Opium War in Canton, China.
Posted September 3, 2010
Chou Spring Pearl's mother and father have passed away, and she moves out of the Rat's Nest into a very rich friend of her father, Master Sung. When she meets the family, she finds that they are vicious and mean, judging by looks and obsessed with traditions and properness. The one way she keeps herself together is by working in the Sung's garden, which hadn't been tended to in a very long time. As all of this is going on, we learn about real history also. As British and French soldiers invade the city of Canton, Spring Pearl starts to learn new things about this family. This book is great for children or adults, and the whole purpose is not only to entertain, but to also inform about times in China in 1857.
When Spring Pearl meets this new family, they are very cruel. They treat her more like a maid than a guest, and try to force upon her chores she does not like to do. All, except for Master Sung, at the beginning, do not enjoy Spring Pearl's sudden company. They try to teach her the ways of acting like a rich girl, but cannot succeed. She is way too hooked to the ways of a "Rat's Life", as it is described in the book. She meets a servant named Doggy, and becomes very close to him. The daughters of the Sungs call Spring Pearl names, such as "Mrs. Weed", because she works in the garden. After a while though, they learn to relate to her, and apologize for their actions. When Master Sung got imprisoned, it was Spring Pearl and Doggy who always brought back the news from Master Sung to the Sung family. During this whole process, the Sung family is getting closer and closer to Spring Pearl. They are awoken again by British and French bombing, and Spring Pearl is the one, accompanied by Doggy, who goes out in investigation. They find out that they must save themselves from the British and French soldiers. Finally, Master Sung is released, and the family reunites. As thieves come in and fight the family, Spring Pearl recognizes one of the voices, and persuades them to stay back. She ends up saving the Sung family, and they honor her greatly. On top of everything, Doggy decides to leave the mansion and follows his dreams of opening up a business with his uncle. He asks Spring Pearl if she would be an interpreter. She is pulled from both ways, and is not exactly sure what to do. However, she does pick the right choice for her future.
In my opinion, this was a pretty good book. It wasn't my favorite; however, I did enjoy it. I do wish that it had more action in it, though. From a book about war, cruelty and death, I expected a lot more to happen. But then again, it was very entertaining. Compared to other books from the same genre, it was pretty good.
Spring Pearl: the Last Flower taught me a lot about Chinese culture. There were facts that I had never known about before. I learned about what people probably went through during the mid 1800's in China. Spring Pearl also taught me about patience-she has this valuable characteristic that not many have. Everyone thought she was worthless, but she proved them wrong.
Many times in the book, Spring Pearl's strong educational knowledge gets her out of trouble. She is strong, independent, and always knows what's she's doing. This book will make you feel like you are right there in China with all the characters during the Opium Wars. Spring Pearl is not a book for everyone, though, but I highly recommend it to girls who like books about brave young women. This story really brought out th
Posted April 27, 2004
This book was excellent! It was about a 12 year old girl who is a orphan and a family takes her in but they are cruel to her. Spring Pearl goes through many trials but she faces them bravely and in the end gets a reward.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2004
This book was an adventure right from the start. Even though her mother and father sadly die leaving her alone, she finds a way to make it through with her new family. I thought it was beautifully written. The way yep wrote it, it was like being there, watching it all happen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2003
The book itself was exceptional, telling that well-known story of a poor orphan trying to make her way through life (sniffle-sniffle). But the author really did make the story come to life-at least for a little while. In the beginning and middle parts of the book, she used the word 'however' reasoably enough. However...Towards the end of the book, there were enough 'however's to bore me to death! There was at least one 'however to every paragragh! I was glad when it was finished, and disappointed that such a good book was ruined by 'However'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2003
Spring Pearl's artistic parents die, leaving her at the mercy of her father's rich friend, Master Sung. At first, she isn't accepted, due to her strange talents (gardening, reading, writing, speaks engilsh) and her poor background (she is soon called both Miss Ratty and Miss Weed), but as time passes and the British attack, she becomes a valuable member of the Sung family and household. In the end, Spring Pearl is given a choice-a new family she has come to love or financial success what with more and more British merchants. What she chooses is for you to find out. This is a story of work, bad sewing skills and good ones, love, being different, history, and finding your place. As Mistress Sung says, 'A weed is a plant who hasn't found it's home yet.'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2003
Posted December 3, 2002
This is SUCH A GOOD BOOK!! I loved how Yep portrayed Spring Pearl. I just loved every aspect of the book. It really makes you think of how it would be to grow up in Canton in the 1800's. Definitley a must-read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.