Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze Elizabeth Foreman Lewis William Low
  • Title: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
  • Author: Elizabeth Foreman Lewis William Low
  • ISBN: 9780805081138
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze Elizabeth Foreman Lewis William Low Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze A classic Newbery Award winner with an introduction by Katherine Paterson and new illustrationsWhen Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling s Chungking all he has seen of the world is the r
    A classic Newbery Award winner, with an introduction by Katherine Paterson and new illustrationsWhen Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up He knows nothing of city life But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the thirteen year old boy, and he sets out toA classic Newbery Award winner, with an introduction by Katherine Paterson and new illustrationsWhen Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up He knows nothing of city life But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the thirteen year old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu s experiences, like making friends, are timeless.
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    1. I ve given up trying to understand China s Cultural Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party No matter how many books I ve read on the subject, I always come away, scratching my head, certain that, somehow, I know less than I did the day before As to better understanding the Tiananmen Square Massacre, I have stood dead center in that very Square and have asked several guides, BUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED HERE , and was answered with we will have noodles with our beer Okay, so politics are out, but [...]

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    2. Given the year this book was written, it s a decent story Compared with other Newberys of that period, that is I m glad I read it only 2 Newbery winners to go but I wouldn t read it again Always these foreigners must hurry, remarked the coppersmith They waste good time studying their watches They hasten to earn money and hasten to spend it Why then trouble to gain it Careful spending increases riches Shall I teach the Ancient Wisdom to one who wishes to use it only for the earning of money Know [...]

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    3. This book shows a Chinese community on the eve of communism The author portrays the city through the eyes of a young coppersmith apprentice I enjoyed the adventures and the dialogue I liked that the book did not go into detail on foot binding I ve already read a graphic portrayal of that process and don t want to ever read about it again I was curious to see how religion played a role in their lives before communism wiped out all religious displays It appears from this book s account that the co [...]

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    4. Medicines are bitter in the mouth, but they cure sickness Tang I really have hit my stride or the right decade on Newbery books This book can best be classified as charming There are many lessons learned, lots of instances where the Asian concept of respect is so clearly different from the 2009 American one, and very good descriptions of as much as can be imagined what life might have been like in Chunking in that day The negatives of course, are due to time and cultural dating many examples of [...]

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    5. I have never read a Newbery Award winner that I didn t like This one was a lot different than most of them that I have read because it was published in 1932, so it has some older style writing So keep that in mind if you want to read a mindless book The book is not that hard to read, because it is a young adult book, but the style took a little bit of concentration.But let me just say this I love China I think it is the most fascinating place in the entire world Sometimes I dream in Chinese Unfo [...]

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    6. Children should be reading this Lewis masterfully combined setting, character, and action to create an exciting and memorable book The pacing and plot structure place it ahead of classics like The Dark Frigate and Adam of the Road, and even with my personal favorites Rifles for Watie and Carry On, Mr Bowditch Although it is not better than these last two, I would argue that the sentence paragraph level writing and vocabulary are accessible, and therefore Young Fu is the best option for a child [...]

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    7. Elizabeth Lewis writes a full story, fleshed out very well in all its details and with no consideration overlooked, in this surprisingly strong early Newbery Medal winner The 1930s, in my opinion, are a wonderful stronghold of magnificent Newbery books, and I would consider Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze to be one of its most deservedly proud offerings The tenderly detailed descriptions of Young Fu s life and of the entire Chinese experience of the time period is enchanted and wonderful, and I ha [...]

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    8. So far, this is definitely my favorite of the old Newberys, winning the award in 1933.Set in China in the 1920 s, the book combines worthwhile themes with very memorable characters with some Chinese history and culture, and even adds some sophisticated wry humor to the mix I feared midway that Young Fu was too good actually, too blessed my term to be believable, and was glad that I was wrong Likewise, my favorite character, Tang, is almost too wise to be real, but the bitterness that he had to e [...]

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    9. I thought I would blast through this, considering that its a kid s book It was a bit laborious at times, though I think this is mainly due to the fact that it was written in 1932, and the manner of speaking was true to the culture it just didn t always flow easily, but I think writing it otherwise would sacrifice too much My having to read it only a few pages at a time did not help Not my favorite, but overall it was enjoyable.

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    10. This was surprisingly enjoyable, given that the premise wasn t too different from DOBRY but then, I d always heard this was good I thought the atmosphere was great you really get an idea of what the streets of Chungking were like And I thought Young Fu aged very seamlessly and believably during the book I don t know anything about its accuracy appropriation cultural goodness Will have to look up this new edition with the foreword by Katherine Paterson.

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    11. Letto negli anni 50, in italiano, nella gloriosa Biblioteca dei miei ragazzi di Salani, sotto il titolo Young Fu, ragazzo cinese Da qui provengono le mie incrollabili certezze sulla geografia e la cultura cinese signora Foreman Lewis, si rende conto delle responsabilit che si assunta

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    12. I have to admit that when I first picked Young Fu it up off of the shelf in my school library, I muttered an unrepeatable word under my breath Not only was it another Newbery set in the Far East the previous winners set in Asia were usualy boring, and sometimes a bit racist but it was a thick, heavy book Luckily though, the size was misleading The way it was printed makes it look like a 500 600 page novel, but in reality it was really about 250 pages For me the story was absolutely charming I lo [...]

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    13. 1933 Newbery Medal WinnerThis book was a surprise for me As I started to read, my initial impression was that I would not like it Within a chapter, it had hooked me.Young Fu and his mother, Fu Be Be, move to the city after his father dies and they are no longer able to make a living as farmers His mother has obtained an apprenticeship for him with Tang the coppersmith Tang proves to be a good master as Young Fu learns his trade and other lessons the hard way, such as buying a worthless watch How [...]

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    14. This was the 1932 Newbery Award book for children I found the story very interesting and it provided much information about China in the 1920 30s Young Fu was a strong character who moved from the farming area when his father died to Chungking, a noisy, dirty, bustling city His excursions, problems, and worries are well documented My edition of this book provided extra information about China during that period and gave me a better picture of what Young Fu suffered through Through a lot of luck [...]

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    15. Young Fu is an incredibly likable character, and one roots for his success I liked following his journey, and his growth is believable and engaging Innovative kid survives in tough situation is sometimes hard to do, and it s refreshing when done well.The one problem is that there were a lot of slams on women I normally don t have much of an issue with this, but there was something about the combination of the forward by the author a woman and then the little jabs in the third person narrator, no [...]

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    16. A friend who has been to China recommended this book as part of my China reading I was surprised to see it was first published in 1932 It is a well written young adult book with a nice coming of age message, but what I really liked was the picture of everyday life in China at this period The turmoil of the times is shown as it would affect a young boy and the author does a good job of showing the conflict of the old ways and the new It may have been a bit rosy in terms of the boy s life but also [...]

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    17. Newbery re read And the first Newbery that kind of felt like a Newbery We follow a young boy as he becomes a copper smith and a young man I ll be curious to compare to Johnny Tremain which as I recall has a relatively similar conceit but with a silver smith in Boston rather in China Hard to say how accurate this portrayal is, but it feels real And watching the modern world intrude into the story certainly adds to it Some of Young Fu s mistakes and accomplishments are a bit heavy handed but in ge [...]

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    18. Great book I loved how it conveyed the message of what 1920 s China was like and how different it is from today It also conveys how a thirteen year old boy would live in China Young Fu had very little education, mostly because he lived on a farm for ten years, then being apprenticed to a smith and learning life lessons that most of us don t learn these days Through hard work and humility, Young Fu gained respect from others The book also showed the unfairness of life and the fact that not everyo [...]

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    19. Newbery Medal Winner 1933These early Newbery winners are sometimes challenging to get through, as their content is perhaps not as entertaining as it was 80 years ago This one was fairly enjoyable, however, because many of the themes translate to the modern life of a child loss of a parent, moving to a new place, making mistakes and learning from them, having adventures, etc Young Fu is a good balance of growing up and having fun.

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    20. The Newbery winner was a great read It is fascinating to read this book with the kids and talk about the differences in expectations, experiences, and life in 1920 s China compared to their lives today Really liked this one

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    21. This was an excellent coming of age story it is another Newberry Award winner It has been several years since I have read this but remember being fascinated The foot binding that Chinese women subjected themselves to all in the name of status was horrifying but eye opening as well.

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    22. Lewis did live in China and did know people like the ones she wrote about I think that is why the book was so surprisingly enjoyable to me it was authentic a reader can feel a real empathy for the characters.

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    23. A Newbery book I loved as a youth.

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    24. Life of a teenage boy in a Chinese city of Chungking before the Mao Ze Dong s cultural revolution The author uses an old fashioned language which is sometimes, for a non native english speaker, quite hard to grasp.Young Fu starts as an apprentice at a local coppersmith s While there he lives a life and sets out for adventures in a way a teenage boy in 30 or so years from then will not be able to live thanks to Mao Ze Dong s cultural revolution.Some notable quotes view spoiler Finally found out w [...]

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    25. The setting, characters and action of this book make it an overall good read The story is centered in Chungking and makes references to his previous farm life The recurring setting and characters assist the reader with following Young Fu s evolution as a character Throughout the book the reader witnesses how Young Fu s relationship with Tang, his mother and the men he works with becomes complex and meaningful Young Fu aged seamlessly, and the lessons of honesty, self awareness and maturity were [...]

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    26. I flew through this Newbery Winner so quickly I failed to mark any quotes It s an easy read with a gripping but not suspenseful story Lewis follows Fu through about five years of apprenticeship and journeyman under a respected coppersmith in Chungking as it was then called With his fresh from the farm perspective, she describes the sights and smells of the city just as modernity approaches it We read about the first automobiles to enter the city I can t speak to the accuracy of Lewis description [...]

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    27. Just as I m often confused by why I don t like a book, I m puzzled why I loved this one so much Maybe because it was published in 1933 but still felt fresh and relevant to my life Maybe because it was a glimpse into a time period and culture that I found surprisingly fascinating I also tend to really enjoy books that glorify positive attitudes and strong work ethic.

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    28. This is a good coming of age book set in early 20th century China I found some themes and plot points difficult for younger and even mid elementary students I think it would be most suited for ages 10 14.

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