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Red Kite, Blue Kite



written by
Ji-li Jiang
illustrated by
Greg Ruth

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Hyperion
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781423127536
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Tai Shan loves to fly kites with his father. Though they’re separated when Baba is sent to a labor camp, they can still fly kites high enough for each other to see. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

3.3: points 0.5

Lexile

530L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Mar 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Fathers and sons. Kites. Communism. China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

In this picture book, Jiang uses one of the unfortunate circumstances that many children had to endure to make China’s Cultural Revolution somewhat understandable for young readers. Tai Shan and Baba, his father, enjoy a special private time together when they fly their kites from the roof of their home. When the revolution begins, Baba is sent to a labor camp but still manages the long walk to visit Tai Shan every Sunday. When those visits are denied, the two communicate by flying their kites—Tai Shan in the morning, Baba at sunset. In this way they remain connected: “Finally, Baba’s blue kite sways into the white clouds. The kite waves at me and whispers, ‘Here I am, my son.’” When even this is taken from them and before Baba is moved to a different labor camp, he escapes and visits his son. Tai Shan then flies both kites together, clinging to the connection with Baba in his mind. “The red kite follows the blue kite, forward and backward, up and down, like Baba and me, always together, never apart.” While the pain of the situation is palpable, so is the sense of hope. The watercolor illustrations capture the emotional tone of the story gracefully, with the scenes from the revolution in sepia and the other background colors in gentle hues, making the brilliant colors of the kites pop. An interesting glimpse into a turbulent time, and a valuable story about love conquering distance.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

In this picture book, Jiang uses one of the unfortunate circumstances that many children had to endure to make China’s Cultural Revolution somewhat understandable for young readers. Tai Shan and Baba, his father, enjoy a special private time together when they fly their kites from the roof of their home. When the revolution begins, Baba is sent to a labor camp but still manages the long walk to visit Tai Shan every Sunday. When those visits are denied, the two communicate by flying their kites—Tai Shan in the morning, Baba at sunset. In this way they remain connected: “Finally, Baba’s blue kite sways into the white clouds. The kite waves at me and whispers, ‘Here I am, my son.’” When even this is taken from them and before Baba is moved to a different labor camp, he escapes and visits his son. Tai Shan then flies both kites together, clinging to the connection with Baba in his mind. “The red kite follows the blue kite, forward and backward, up and down, like Baba and me, always together, never apart.” While the pain of the situation is palpable, so is the sense of hope. The watercolor illustrations capture the emotional tone of the story gracefully, with the scenes from the revolution in sepia and the other background colors in gentle hues, making the brilliant colors of the kites pop. An interesting glimpse into a turbulent time, and a valuable story about love conquering distance.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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