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Jade never ventures beyond the walls of her family's Inner Court; in seventeenth-century Korea, a girl of good family does not leave home until she marries. She is enthralled by her older brother's stories about trips to the market and to the ancestral grave sites in the mountains, about reading and painting, about his conversations with their father about business and politics and adventures only boys can have. Jade accepts her destiny, and yet she is endlessly curious about what lies beyond the walls. A lively story with a vividly realized historical setting, "Seesaw Girl" recounts Jade Blossom's daring attempts to enlarge her world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547248882
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/14/2009
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 256,296
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

JEAN and MOU-SIEN TSENG are a wife and husband team who came to the United States from Taiwan. They have illustrated nearly two dozen books for children, many on Asian subjects. This is their first for Clarion.

Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and bestseller A Long Walk to Water. She has also written several acclaimed picture books, fiction and nonfiction, and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her online at and on Twitter @LindaSuePark.

JEAN and MOU-SIEN TSENG are a wife and husband team who came to the United States from Taiwan. They have illustrated nearly two dozen books for children, many on Asian subjects. This is their first for Clarion.

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Seesaw Girl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story of a young Korean girl, her family and her culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jade Blossom, a young girl of wealth in Korea during the seventeenth century, learns a valuable lesson about the world beyond her limited view. She goes against the grain of her traditional familly quite often, mainly due to her curiosity regarding the world outside of her home, which she has never been allowed to see before her independent excursion. Jade learns about herself and what she values throughout her adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is the most interesting one I have read all year. The way Linda Sue Park describes the life of each character must have taken tons of research. I am finished reading the novel itself, but the morals and spirits of the characters and their dreams are going to be with me always. This has been the best read all year. I have read A Single Shard twice through and am thrilled that there are more books in store for me. I am obsessed with aristocrat women in Asia so this novel was perfect. I cannot thank Ms. Linda Sue Park enough for the book that has changed me forever. Thank You. P.S. If you bookmark all the pages with pictures, you can go to bookmarks and pull up each picture. If you look closely, you can see every detail that Ms. Park describes on the pages before and after as well as more. And always remember to be greatfull for the privliges we have these days girls. Imagine being stuck inside your house untill you were married, then when you get to your husbands house, you stay there for the rest of your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is made for a child who is greedy for things, they had to wash things by hand