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Red Scarf Girl

Book Review

 

Title:

Red Scarf Girl

Author:

Ji Li Jiang

Publisher:

Harper Trophy, New York, NY

ISBN:

0-06-446208-0

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

June, 2002

Rating:

Red Scarf Girl is a paperback novel that describes a young girl's view of the cultural revolution era in China.

Get more information about Red Scarf Girl at amazon.comJi Li Jiang was always an exemplary student in primary school. In addition to completing her own assignments, she would often help the other students by tutoring them  in her spare hours. She also belonged to the Young Pioneers, an elite Communist  youth organization.

Her world began to change one day when she found out that she could not attend a special gymnastics school because of her family's political background. She  was caught up in a whirlwind of change as the people tried to eliminate old  ideals and principals in favor of the new ideology expressed by Chairman Mao.

Ji Li was surprised to find the focus of other students' anger became her. They  criticized her because her family had a housekeeper and had been landlords before the revolution. Soon, much more serious accusations were placed against her  and her family.

This story is particularly interesting because it is told from the narrow perspective  of a young child. Children find this particularly interesting since it speaks to them directly, and they can understand it in the context of their own lives  and social position. This novel is ideal for young readers interested in learning about China and its history.

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