More personal history by the author and artist of Nim and the War Effort.
This morning the earth shook and threw us from our beds. We were not hurt, just stunned. Drawers spilled, dishes crashed, pots and pans clanged as they fell. Ancestral portraits flew off the walls.
Milly Lee's mother was eight years old in 1906, when San Francisco was shaken by a powerful earthquake. Buildings fell, fires flared, and the city burned for several days. This is the stirring story of one Chinese American family as they packed all their belongings and left their home in Chinatown on that early April morning. Joining hundreds of other refugees, they slowly made their way through the smoke- and debris-filled streets to safety in Golden Gate Park. With spare text and dramatic pictures, Lee and Choi bring history alive.
Milly Lee is the author of Nim and the War Effort, also illustrated by Yangsook Choi, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book and winner of the 1998 International Reading Association Children's Book Award. Ms. Lee grew up in San Francisco and now lives in Santa Rosa, California. Yangsook Choi is the author and illustrator of New Cat. She grew up in Korea and now lives in New York City.