Beautiful story of Moon Shadow and his father Windrider, a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909. Golden Mountain Chronicles series: 1903.
|Publisher:||Harpercollins Childrens Books|
|Series:||Golden Mountain Chronicles|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Laurence Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, was graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, writer Joanne Ryder. Mr. Yep is one of children's literature's most respected authors and a recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his body of work. His novels include Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate, both Newbery Honor Books. He is also the author of Sweetwater; When the Circus Came to Town; The Imp That Ate My Homework, winner of the Georgia Children's Book Award; The Magic Paintbrush; and The Earth Dragon Awakes. The author of numerous other books for children and young adults, Mr. Yep has taught creative writing and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara. In 1990 he received an NEA fellowship in fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this book is a perfect story for anyone. Yes, it does take some time to get into, but once you do, you can't put it down. It's not very long, because I wish it was. I haven't read the unabridged version yet, but I plan to. An indepth story where you can take a look around, and feel guilty about chastizing someone for their ethnicity. Some ironic twists threw me off-guard, so if you plan on reading Dragonwings, be on your toes!
Although Dragonwings in not a riveting page-turner, especially in the beginning, it is a beautifully written story that provides a thoughtful look into the lives of Chinese-Americans. It is based on the first flight of a Chinese-America in 1909, but since the details of his life are sparse, Yep characterizes this book more as historical fantasy. It is also, however, included in the Asian multi-cultural genre because of the description about the Chinese-Americans in early 20th century San Francisco. Moon Shadow, the main character and narrator, travels across the ocean from China to meet and live with the father he has never met. While in America, Moon Shadow eventually learns how to speak and write English as he helps his father and other relatives in their laundry company. He discovers firsthand the cruelty of prejudice and the importance of family ties in surviving difficult situations. Gradually, as he comes to know and respect his father, he learns of his father¿s dream to fly- to make Dragonwings- because of his belief that he was once a great Dragon healer. This book traces the lives of Moon Shadow and his father as they work to reach their goal¿and make friends with two American ¿demons¿¿while it simultaneously conveys to the American reader the Chinese people¿s sense of loyalty, determined work ethic, and persevering strength. Yep also integrates many Chinese myths or legends (such as their perception of dragons) to give readers a better understanding of an unfamiliar culture. This book is both interesting to read and important as a multi-cultural novel for young adults. I recommend it to anyone who has ever aspired to do something that everyone else said was unattainable.
This book takes forever to get into. It also takes alot of work to get into. Not a very popular book with young teens.
I had to read this in school and i completly HATED it! Well, if you have to read it, don't argue with your teacher but really, this was TERRIBLE! It was really violent and gross. The ending was terrible and the story didn't even come together. Hope this is helpful!