Tofu Quilt

Tofu Quilt Growing up in Hong Kong in the s Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are After all she can write letters and recite poems as well as even better than her boy cousins Luckily Yeung

  • Title: Tofu Quilt
  • Author: Ching Yeung Russell
  • ISBN: 9781600604232
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as even better than her boy cousins.Luckily, Yeung Ying s mother thinks girls and boys are just the same Despite protests from her husband s family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to privateGrowing up in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Yeung Ying is tired of hearing how important boys are After all, she can write letters and recite poems as well as even better than her boy cousins.Luckily, Yeung Ying s mother thinks girls and boys are just the same Despite protests from her husband s family, Ma uses what little money the family has to send her daughter to private school There Yeung Ying begins to fall in love with books and writing Combining this new passion with the colorful experiences of her daily life, Yeung Ying discovers that even girls can dare to dream.In her first collection of poems, Ching Yeung Russell captures elements of her youth in rich, vivid snapshots and authentic detail Readers of all backgrounds will relate to spirited Yeung Ying, her dynamic family, and her courage in the face of life s obstacles.

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    1. We're really excited that this book is now available!In a series of poems, Ching Yeung Russell tells of her childhood desire to be a writer - and the resistance she felt from a society that valued boys over girls.A brief sample:Like a little duck,I follow a group of cousins, boys and girls,wherever they go.I am always behind,running and trying to catch up, calling,“Wait for me! Wait for me!”

    2. Verse novel, Hong Kong/China, historical fiction--1960s, autobiographical, writing.A very quick read about a girl who dreams of becoming a writer. She is the letter writer for her family--recopying letters and making them perfect to send to family. One of her teachers tells her that in order to become a writer, "A writer must love books and read a lot" (p. 71). She begins doing odd jobs to make money to buy books. She struggles with gender and family expectations of what she should become. The c [...]

    3. This novel in verse got off to a slow start, but picked up about halfway through, when I began to see where it was going. Ying thinks she is not very smart, and probably will only be a seller of handbags in a department store, until she discovers that she likes to write, and that apparently she's good at it. Her attempts at writing do not always meet with success, or with the approval of her teachers or peers, but she perseveres. Ying is fortunate to have parents who value education, even for gi [...]

    4. The first book I picked from our shipment of new books this year. Written in verse, it tells the story of a young girl in 21st century Hong Kong. Thanks to her mother, she gets an education even though not considered important by many then and there. The author lets the reader take a poetic journey into her childhood, describing her path to becoming a witer. Did I enjoy the book? Well yes, how could I not: set in one of my favorite cities in the world, with a main character discovering the joys [...]

    5. Growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, a young girl struggles to chase her dream of becoming a writer - something that would be easy if she were a boy. This novel in verse is the story of the author told from the point of view of her younger self.I am a sucker for good verse novels, and this one fits that description. I love the image of the dan lai (an expensive treat that she had to travel half a day to eat) and the fact that she was inspired to become a writer that she might one day get to eat it aga [...]

    6. Based on her experiences growing up in Hong Kong in the 1960's, this book is about Yeung Ying's love of writing. She begins be being able to be educated, since many believe that girls should not be educated. She becomes the family letter writer, recopying letters to be sent to mainland China. The author paints a colorful picture of life in Hong Kong and how hard it is go between there and mainland China. The book is an Asian/Pacific honor book from 2010. It is suitable for grades 3-6.

    7. This was a little gem of a book. The author tells little stories about her life growing up in Hong Kong and how she aspired to be a writer. Each chapter is told in poetry form which gives this book such a light, melodic feel. I loved this book and I recommend it to anyone from 5-95. It is funny, inspiring, and thoughtful. I read it in one day and then looked for other titles by this author.

    8. The strong part of this book is that it is a prose poetry novel that is truly prose poetry. The language is beautiful and I love the onomatopoeia because it sings the story to the reader. The story itself feels a little worn to me. A young girl in Hong Kong in the 1960s wants to go to school and college and go places with her education. She does not want to settle for the life of a traditional married woman, always serving her husband and children. She is lucky because she has a support system t [...]

    9. A quick read, this novel in free verse describes the author's formative years in 1960s Hong Kong, when most people still thought boys were better than girls and that girls would never amount to much. Nonetheless, Yeung Ying loves to write, and pursues her passion, and of course eventually becomes an author. Vivid images throughout, a lovely book filled with childhood anxiety, humor, and interesting bits of Chinese culture. Good message for kids about staying the course. The cover, while beautifu [...]

    10. 2010 ALA Notable winner and wonderful tween book about the evolution of an eleven-year-old girl writer in 1960 Hong Kong. Get past the title, which is why it sat in my stack for a while. It's written in poems, so it's a quick read, and based on author Ching Yeuny Russell's actual, inspiring "writer's journey". Highly recommended, especially for budding girl writers.

    11. This was a good quick read young adult book told in free verse about a Chinese girl in the 60's who wants to learn and to write in spite of people telling her that education is mainly for boys. She doesn't give up. This book is based on the author's experiences. I read it in less than an hour and enjoyed it.

    12. I think that this book was kind of interesting to read. There were many cool poems in this book. I would say that this book was okay, but I didn't really enjoy reading it. Although it is fascinating and cool.

    13. Fictionalized memoir-in-verse about growing up in China and wanting to be a writer. Quick read & well-written.

    14. I thought this book was very poetic, it describes the author's childhood and what it was like then in HK. This is probably the first poem book I'm interested in.

    15. I enjoyed the cultural connection, breaking of tradition, narrative writing, and celebration of learning. Beautiful story.

    16. Found in the young adult section of the library--loved the title. Really sweet book. I read it in about 30 minutes and really enjoyed it.

    17. Charming novel written in verse. Picked it up from my school's library today was intrigued by the title, then read the book jacket. Reminded me of reading Inside Out and Back Again a few years ago. Does a great job of subtly reminding the reader of the importance of following your dreams, "even if your girl".

    18. t’s easy to overlook collections of poetry for children and young adults. It’s not a big genre, compared to fiction, and a lot of young readers are intimidated by verse. But I want to tell you about this beautiful collection of autobiographical poetry that I read this week — TOFU QUILT by Ching Yeung Russell.This collection reads almost like a verse novel — its narrative style works to tell the story of a young girl growing up between mainland China and the island of Hong Kong in the 60s [...]

    19. Tofu Quilt deals with sexism and gender roles in Hong Kong during the 60’s. The book is written from the perspective of Yeung Ying, a girl raised in a middle class family surrounded by a culture that defined her at birth through stereotypical gender roles. However, her mom was rebellious to these standards and used every bit of savings she could muster to send Yeung Ying through private school. Tofu Quilt, told by Yeung Ying, follows her from Kindergarten to 7th grade where she explains mini-s [...]

    20. Tofu Quilt is a book by Ching Yeung Russell that is written in the perspective of a little girl (the author at a young age) who is going to school in Hong Kong. She goes and spends time with an uncle, and finds out that she really likes a dish called ‘dan lai’ that he takes her to go and eat. She likes it so much that she does not “brush my teeth before going to bed, hoping to savor the taste of dan lai forever and ever (Russell, 2009, p. 12).” When she goes back to her home in Hong Kong [...]

    21. Tofu Quilt is a collection of poems that tell the story of a young girl. The book centers on the life of a girl named Yeung Ying who was raised in a Chinese family in Hong Kong, China. This was a hard time to be a young girl because boys were favored, however, Yeung was a very happy and energetic little girl. Whenever her cousins were getting taught how to remember poems, she would always interrupt and answer by repeating the poem that Uncle Five had just said. Her uncle didn’t include her bec [...]

    22. Tofu Quilt was an autobiography about Ching when she was a little girl. We loved how the story was written in a collection of poems about her different experiences throughout her childhood. She focuses a lot about her culture and gives many good details throughout the entire book. This book is a wonderful book to incorporate in a classroom when talking about different cultures especially Chinese culture. Tofu Quilt is a book that is written by Ching Yeng Russell. A young girl who is being educat [...]

    23. Tofu Quilt was an autobiography about Ching when she was a little girl. I loved how the story was written in a collection of poems about her different experiences throughout her childhood. She focuses a lot about her culture and gives many good details throughout the entire book. This book is a wonderful book to incorporate in a classroom when talking about different cultures especially Chinese culture. Tofu Quilt is a book that is written by Ching Yeng Russell. A young girl who is being educat [...]

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