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Sun is ready to leave his village in China for America, the
place known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. His father warns
him, though, that passage will not be easy. Because of the 1882
Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants like Sun are detained
at Angel Island until they are called to take a difficult oral
exam before they can "land" - leave Angel Island and go
ashore. On the boat,...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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On his twelfth birthday Lee Sun Chor begins preparing for a move to America, where his father owns a store and his three older brothers live. But because of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Sun must enter America through Angel Island. Before he can leave Angel Island he must be able to prove he is his father's true son by answering many, many very specific questions about his family and his home in China.

Sun studies long hours to pass the interrogations he knows will come, and he remembers mo...more
Amanda Funnell
A citation:
Characters: Sun (Lee Sun Chor), father, Mr. Chan, Hop, Puy Gong,
Setting: China, Angel Island
Plot: Sun's father is a Chinese merchant, when his sons are old enough, they travel to America to help in their father's shop in California. Now it is Sun's turn, but he is detained for a month at Angel Island and meets Hop and Puy Gong, fellow paper sons, along the way. Lee Sun Chor must prove who he is, or he will be sent back to China.
Use in the classroom:
-history: immigration...more
Bryan Wilson
This was a moderately charming picture book about how Chinese children prepared for emigration to the United States through Angel Island. While the language is a little stilted at times, and the images lack depth, one can easily imagine the fear and apprehension that immigrants must have as they enter this country. There are many, many stories about European immigrants and their gateway through Ellis Island; this was a refreshing look at the entry of Asian immigrants.

While it would be challengin...more
Milly Lee’s “Landed”, a 2007 Notable Children’s Trade book in the Field of Social Studies, is the story of her father-in-law, Lee Sun Chor, and his preparation for immigration from China to America at age twelve and his detention at Angel Island (San Francisco) due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It is written as a story in picture book format with illustrations by Yangsook Choi. In her “Author’s Note” Lee explains how Chinese immigrants who came during the Gold Rush of the 1850’s and to w...more

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*Starred Review* Gr. 3-5. Like Katrina Saltonstall Currier's Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain (2005), this poignant picture book is about a Chinese immigrant boy trying to join his father^B in America. But this story is much more detailed, with a lengthy text that describes leaving the old country as well as the difficulties of getting into the new one. Drawing on her father-in-law's experience, Lee tells of Sun, 12, whose family employs a tutor to help prepare him for American offici...more
"Landed" is based on a true story from the author's father-in-law. Reading this story taught me about a time in Chinese American history that I don't remember from my history classes. The main character is Sun, a twelve year old boy, living in China. His father is a Chinese merchant who owns a store in San Francisco. Sun's father wants his children to go where there are more opportunities, so as each son turns twelve, he sends them to America to work in the store. However, because of the 1882 C...more
Milly Lee's book Landed is a picture book intended for older readers. The story centers around 12 year old Sun who finds out that he will be going to America with his father, but he must learn all that he will be questioned about when he arrives. He receives help from a teacher in his town in China, and learns how many steps are from his house to his school, how many rooms are in his house, and the direction his door faces. Sun and his father embark on a long sea journey to California where Sun...more
Teri Weaver
This is a phenomenal little book. It tells the experience of Chinese-American immigrants who came to Angel Island (near California) and the trials some faced as they waited sometimes months to enter the country. The author, Milly Lee, expertly weaves the story of a young Chinese boy in his native land, his customs and traditions, and how they are "discarded" when he boards a boat for America donning western clothing and eating American food with silverware. Lee has a particular gift of contrasti...more
Is this book incredibly similar to Grandfather's Journey? Yes, there are many similarities: most notably the cover art, both depicting a young Asian man (a boy, really), looking out of place in a Western-style suit. Unlike Grandfather's Journey, Landed is about a young boy who is coming to America under the Chinese Exclusion Act (Grandfather's Journey is about the author's grandfather coming more to visit). In terms of art (Grandfather's Journey is just stunning, Landed is more cute) and storyli...more
My view on Social Studies:
I believe that social studies is the study of humans, their interactions with each other and the world around them. As teachers, we must open the eyes of our students to the diverse cultures around us. Every individual is unique and can offer something to the world.
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This book is a story about a boy who traveled from China to America with his father. The boy must go thru Angel Island before he is allowed to the main land. We get a glimpse...more
Sun is ready to leave his village in China for America, the
place known as Gum Saan, Gold Mountain. Because of the 1882
Chinese Exclusion Act, new immigrants like Sun are detained
at Angel Island until they are called to take a difficult oral
exam before they can "land" - leave Angel Island and go
ashore. On the boat, Sun had studied maps of his village and
memorized facts about his ancestors. But as the weeks pass in
detainment, the map's compass points swirl in his memory, and
Sun worries that he will...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is an interesting fictionalized story of how the author's father-in-law came to the U.S. as a boy from China via Angel Island, the west coast's equivalent of Ellis Island. I just wish it had been told in a livelier style. If I had not been so interested in what Lee was saying, I might have been bored. The explanatory author's note at the end was helpful in providing the context within which the story's events unfolded.
Recommended despite its weak writing style for the unique look at immigra...more
Debbie Tanner
I liked this story about a Chinese boy coming to America in the early part of the century. The author describes the process of how the family prepares the son for the interrogation he will face once he gets to Angel Island. There would be some great lessons on measuring here if you were interested. The author also describes what it was like to be on Angel Island without being too scary. The pictures are nice and simple, but explicit enough to help you understand the story.
Sun is a boy that is coming to America from China for more opportunities. He gets warned before the move that he will be tested before he lands and is let in America. Sun prepares for the test yet as it gets closer to the test his memory starts to fade. He wants to go to American so he can learn English and work hard to succeed. The test will be the factor in if they can be “landed.” After being questioned many times, Sun uses a compass for the final question.
The story of a young Chinese boy who travels with his father to American in the 19th century. The entry into America was difficult and fraught with stress and worry. Once allowed into San Francisco at Angel Island, Sun, the 12-year-old boy in the story was Landed.

Includes an author's note about her own family's story of immigration.
Mrs Bond
How well do you know your family? A young boy named Sun must pass a test to prove that he is his father's son before being allowed to enter America. He spends some time on Angel Island with other boys waiting for his chance to answer the questions.

Lovely story, would be a great addition to an immigration unit.
4th-5th grade students
This is a good book to read to your students during american history. It tell of how some of the chinese immigrated from their country to America and all the things they had to go through in order to be let into our wonderful country.
Andrew Perry
This story follows a young boy, Sun, as he travels to America from China with his father. Sun must study all the intricate details of where he lives, his family members, and his relatives to be able to prove who he is and gain entry into America.
While this book was interesting to me as an adult, it had way too many words per page for the picture-book crowd. The plot was also slow-moving and relatively uninteresting to a child who barely has a grasp on immigration.
Jan 21, 2013 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids, 2013
This is not great literature, but it does tell the story of Angel Island clearly and is an excellent choice for a social studies class. This book would build background well.
Ella says: it was a really, really , really good book about a boy who had to go to America from China.
Haley Chirila
I luv the book landed
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