Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family

Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family

by Lensey Namioka, Kees De Kiefte
     
 

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Yingmei Yang has changed her name to Mary now that she's learning how to be American. It's hard since her family sticks to their Chinese customs, which can be embarrassing in public. Still, Mary wants to be best friends with popular Holly Hanson. She sees her chance when she adopts one of Holly's kittens. The trouble is that Mary's family can't afford a cat and it

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Yingmei Yang has changed her name to Mary now that she's learning how to be American. It's hard since her family sticks to their Chinese customs, which can be embarrassing in public. Still, Mary wants to be best friends with popular Holly Hanson. She sees her chance when she adopts one of Holly's kittens. The trouble is that Mary's family can't afford a cat and it could damage their prized musical instruments. To prove her friendship to Holly, Mary must find a way to keep the kitten a secret from her impossible family. It won't be easy!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the sequel to Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear, Yingmei hopes to win friends by adopting a classmate's kitten, even though she must keep the pet a secret from her traditional Chinese family. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Yingmei (a.k.a. Mary) Yang, the third of four children, tries to communicate the dichotomous feelings of a young Chinese girl, newly immigrated to the U.S., who is working hard to fit in, but whose efforts seem to be held back by the mannerisms and traditions of her family, the musical Yangs. Torn by her feelings of both pride and embarrassment for them, and yearning to win the friendship of a popular blonde schoolmate, Mary agrees to take one of Holly's cat's kittens, although she knows her family does not want pets because they fear animals would damage their expensive instruments. She and her younger brother cook up an elaborate and increasingly ridiculous scheme to hide the kitten in their basement. In this book, which is not as successful as Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear (Little, 1992), Namioka has resorted to many clichs, such as the substitution of ``l'' for ``r'' in the Chinese pronunciation of English, along with a few pat, hearty ``we are all ethnic'' conversations. The lack of subtlety reflects poorly on both the newcomers and their American neighbors. While the foundations of some of the situations, and Mary's reactions to them, ring true, their broad expression seems to promote stereotypes more than to show greater truths and understanding among people of different cultural backgrounds.-Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440412311
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
563,748
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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