Saturday, December 13, 2008

prejudice and kindness

The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Genre: historical fiction, children's
Challenge: A-Z (author)
Review: In 1927, Yep's mother moved with her parents and siblings from Ohio to West Virginia. Although her parents are immigrants with little English, the family had a good life in Ohio. But with the move to West Virginia, the family is brought up short by the prejudice that is demonstrated by some townsfolk. Fortunately, they are also confronted with great acts of kindness by other members of the town. Using the metaphor of the star fisher, who lives with one foot on the earth and one in the heavens, Yep convincingly uses his family's story to write a lovely book about family and friendship.

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