In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Humor

Personal Evaluation: Shirley Temple Wong is hilarious in her earnestness and inspirational in the obstacles she overcomes: choosing her American name, learning English well enough to do well in school by the end of the year; being away from her beloved cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents; befriending the class bully; learning many, many things about American culture, especially how to play baseball. It is a heartwarming tale that also touches on some of the more difficult aspects of growing up, especially in a new culture. Working as I do with such a large Chinese population, I also feel more knowledgeable about Chinese culture – an added bonus!

What might interest children: Baseball! And Shirley’s tomboyishness, and desire to fit in in her new country. Also the way she deals with her bully.

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