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Tales from Gold Mountain
     

Tales from Gold Mountain

by Paul Yee, Simon Ng (Illustrator)
 

This collection, by noted historian and children's author Paul Yee, is based on the tumultuous and brave history of Chinese immigrants to North America. Drawing on the real background of the Chinese role in the gold rush, the building of the railway and the settling of the west coast in the nineteenth century, Yee has created eight original stories that combine the

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This collection, by noted historian and children's author Paul Yee, is based on the tumultuous and brave history of Chinese immigrants to North America. Drawing on the real background of the Chinese role in the gold rush, the building of the railway and the settling of the west coast in the nineteenth century, Yee has created eight original stories that combine the rough-and-tumble adventure of frontier life with the rich folk traditions that these immigrants brought from China.
In "Spirits of the Railway," a young man appeases the ghosts of dead Chinese railroad workers who were never properly buried; in "Forbidden Fruit," a father's prejudice prevents his beloved daughter from finding happiness with a man of another race; in "Sons and Daughters," a wealthy merchant finds that his obsession to leave his business to sons has tragic results; and in "The Revenge of the Iron Chink," Chinese salmon cannery workers achieve sweet and shocking revenge after they lose their jobs to an automated canning machine.
These tales are funny, sad, romantic and earthy, but ultimately, as a collection, they reflect the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America. Accompanied by stunning and dramatic paintings by award-winning illustrator Simon Ng, this collection is a reminder of the important role the Chinese have played in the history of this continent.

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From the Publisher
• Winner of the IODE National Chapter Award, 1989

• Winner of the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, 1989

• Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award, 1989

• "Ng's cool, brooding full-page paintings have an intense presence that enhances the stories' exotic flavor, and the overall design is elegant. A book not to miss." — Booklist, starred review

• "Handsome format; compelling reading." — Kirkus

• "With its excellent writing and deeply symbolic illustrations, this book is highly recommended." — Rutgers

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Mr. Yee has written 8 original stories about the Chinese immigrant experience in North America. The tales abound in the cleverness and daring of these dwellers in a new land who had to use their resourcefulness to survive. These tales are like a concise history of the Chinese experience in folktale form. Some of the stories are set in the salmon canneries, the railroads, and on the farm. Others deal with Chinese traditions and the conflict of those beliefs with life in a new country. The tales are poignant, witty, and tender. They know no ethnic boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554981250
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile:
NC850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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