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Chang's Paper Pony

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It's the time of the gold rush, and Chang has come with his grandfather to California from China. Chang's dream is to own a horse of his own. With luck ... and a little gold dust ... that wish just might come true.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 30th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published 1988)
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Rosa Cline
Aug 22, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, history
This is a storybook about a little Chinese by and his grandpa coming to America to get away from the wars and revolutions in China during 1850 - 1864 during the California gold rush. Many Chinese didn't find the welth they set out to find (like many Americans) but they found a new life.

This story is about how poor they were and how the little boy really wanted a pony for himself. But most American's were mean and cruel to them. But there were some American miners that were nice and one especial
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Sarah
Jul 01, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
I thought this was a charming children's book about a little part of California history. It was a gently way of introducing children to a difficult time in United States history. Just really lovely all around.
Melissa Mcavoy
Age Range 4-8.
It is the time of the Gold rush and Chang has immigrated to America with his grandfather. While Chang helps his grandfather feed hungry miners he daydreams about owning a pony. A pony would assuage his loneliness and would play with him, unlike the mean miners, or even kindly Big Pete. Chang’s strike it rich scheme doesn’t work out, but hard work, honesty and keeping his promises pays off in an unexpected way. An author’s note provides brief context for Chinese immigration and ment
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Chang Garcia
Aug 13, 2016 Chang Garcia rated it it was amazing
Five stars because it has my name. Haha....in the story my namesake is a boy, so I changed all the pronouns from he to she and him to her.
Ms. Campbell
Interesting story of Chinese American history.
Sonia Allison
Changs humble name
Elanor
Jul 30, 2015 Elanor added it
All by herself!
Karen
About a little boy in the days of the Gold Rush. Some little mention about the bad way some of the miner's treat him (an Chinese kid), but I'm glad that most (and what you are left with remembering) of the story is about his dreams about getting a Pony and his relationship with Big Pete.
Betsy
Mar 16, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Chang is a memorable little character, and he works hard to earn a "real" pony. This is a nice historical fiction beginning reader as well a multicultural addition to the canon (and there are FEW of those in easy reader land).
Luetta
Jun 07, 2008 Luetta rated it really liked it
This book is staged at the time of the California gold rush. It is about a little Chinese boy's life. A great children's chapter book teaching about California history in San Francisco.
Theresa
Aug 11, 2015 Theresa rated it it was ok
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Chang's Paper Pony
by Eleanor Coerr
the story about wishes
Hernan
Dec 13, 2007 Hernan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
is a good book
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Eleanor Coerr was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Two of her favorite childhood hobbies were reading and making up stories.

Her fascination with Japan began when she received a book called Little Pictures of Japan one Christmas. It showed children in beautiful kimonos playing games, chasing butterflies, and catching crickets. She pored over the colored illustrations
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