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4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
When Ming arrives in San Francisco after the long boat journey from China, his older brothers waste no time warning him: "Chinese should not go outside Chinatown." But Ming risks doing just that, and when he meets Patrick, he knows the young Irish boy has a kind heart, and begins a remarkable friendship that brings their two very different communities together. Illustrated ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Philomel (first published January 1st 2006)
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Casey Strauss
Jul 18, 2010 Casey Strauss rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-american
Brothers tells the story of Ming, a young boy who has just arrived in San Francisco from China to live with his brother, Shek. Shek runs a grocery store in Chinatown where Ming works while his brother earns extra money farming. Ming has been warned not to leave the store, because, as his brother says, ‘Chinese should not go outside Chinatown’. Many customers do not visit the store because of money, so one day, Ming defies his brother and go exploring past Stockton Street. He comes across a ...more
Jul 17, 2010 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: asian-american

Format: Picture book
Age level: Upper elementary
Protagonist: Ming, a young boy from China

This story takes place during the mid to late 1800s. It revolves around the arrival of Ming, a young boy from China, in San Francisco. He has come to help his older brother, Shek, run his store. Ming does not speak English but is still able to become friends with an Irish boy named Patrick. Although a concern at first, their friend
Mary Ann
This was a nice book, but did not have the dramatic tension that Yin's other book Coolies had. I didn't feel it pulled me through as much. But I loved the illustrations, and it would make a nice introduction to life in San Francisco in the late 1800s.
Ming, a middle-school aged boy arrives in American from China to be with his older brothers who made their journey to America when Ming was just a little boy. The story takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the mid-1800s. Ming’s older brother, Shek, runs a general store and his other brother Wong is away working for the railroad. This is a difficult time for the boys and everyone needs to work hard. When Ming arrives, his older brother assigns him to work at the store while he gets ...more
Ginta Harrigan
Nov 08, 2011 Ginta Harrigan rated it really liked it
“Brothers” is the story of a boy named Ming who travels to San Francisco to live with his brother.

I liked this story. The story is historical fiction based on research.

The book is set in Chinatown in the late 1800s. Writer, Yin, uses many phrases to inform the reader of the time period. For example, “Shek hoists buckets of hot water on a long wooden pole over his shoulder and pours them into a tub.” Additionally, Ming describes “being at sea for over a month” finally arriving in America. These
I must start by talking about the absolutely gorgeous illustrations! This book has BIG pictures that span almost the entire two pages. The illustrations show scenes like a boat dock with busy workers and new immigrants getting off the boat; a busy street filled with people, wagons, children running, and shops; and a general store full to the brim with fruits, vegetables, meats, and other goods. The pictures are full of details and lots of color. Illustrator Christ Soenpiet uses lots of shadows ...more
Ana Ramirez
Apr 20, 2016 Ana Ramirez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Bothers has wonderful pictures. The book follows the journey of a character who is from China and comes to San Francisco to live with his brothers. I think the book does a great job of showing the Chinese culture and language by showing the characters in traditional Chinese clothing and the experience Chinese immigrants had by coming to the United States in the 1800’s. It shows that one of the brothers had to work on railroads and the Chinese community had to stay together in neighborhoods. This ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, history
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Mar 31, 2008 Terri rated it liked it
Ming travels from 19th Century China to join his brothers in the boomtown of San Francisco where their store is not doing well, but Ming's new friendship with a young Irish boy who teaches him English creates a booming business for the brothers as well. Both text and illustrations are idealized and simplified here. Chinese immigrants were not trusted by whites of the period, and critical readers will find it doubtful that Ming's grasp of English would have led white customers to patronize a ...more
Gail Barge
This would be an excellent book to read in conjunction with a study of the Chinese immigration to the United States to help build railroads as well as the Irish potato famine. The friendship between the two boys is truly inspirational. This also reminds me of another book I read called Grandpa's Corner Store about a boy who helps to save his grandfathers store when a super market comes to the small town. This book also stresses the importance of friendships as well as families. It also confronts ...more
Sam Gallagher
Jun 05, 2016 Sam Gallagher rated it liked it
Brothers is about a Chinese boy who moves to America but is told he should not leave Chinatown. However he meets an Irish boy and the two become fast friends denying all of the rules that surround them that say the shouldn't. This unique story that tells of love and friendship from some of the most unlikely of places is illustrated in stunning watercolor paintings. This story helps kids to think about how bravery can sometimes be in friendship and standing up for yourself.
Jun 07, 2010 Tirzah rated it really liked it
We're a homeschooling family currently studying the Transcontinental Railroad. I got this book at the library when I saw that it was about a friendship between a young Chinese boy and an Irish boy during that time period. It's a lovely, heartwarming story of an interracial friendship with beautiful, detailed illustrations.
May 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A fascinating look into a corner of United States history I know very little about. I enjoyed Soentpiet's realistic, vivid, and detailed illustrations. Yin's text is a bit wordy and sometimes calls attention to itself, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. A sweet, yet realistic, story of friendship.
Andrew Perry
Apr 07, 2012 Andrew Perry rated it really liked it
Brothers is the story of a young name Ming who travels from China to live with his older brother Shek in San Francisco and help with the family store. One day Ming wanders outside of Chinatown and meets another boy named Patrick. As Ming continues to work at the store he realizes that business is slow and he will need Patrick's help in order to save the shop.
Apr 17, 2013 Kris rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kris by: Gail
This is a Booklegger book from the Fremont Main library. I loved it!

It's a story of two young boys, immigrants, one is Chinese and the other is Irish. It celebrates their friendship and the power of the two working together to make things work. I liked that it took place in San Francisco's Chinatown. The illustrations are wonderful and make the story come alive.
Anthony Pate
This is a very good story about Chinese immigrants and their struggle for a successful lifestyle. The story depicts a young boy as he makes a friend in a land that doesn't like his people group. Overall, it is a great book about friendship and persevering in the face of adversity.
Kelsey Yates
Sep 19, 2010 Kelsey Yates rated it liked it
Lots of text. A nice story about differences and friendship. Appropriate for older children. Lots of history involved.
Pamela Sloss
Nov 16, 2012 Pamela Sloss rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations accompany a beautiful of two very unique cultures colliding and working together.
Aug 10, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book displays what it is like for Chinese immigrants during the american gold rush. Also deals with tolerance and cooperation.
Feb 16, 2012 ABC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-kids
An excellent follow-up to "Coolies". This one has their little brother arriving from China. He befriends an Irish-American boy. Heartwarming.
May 11, 2008 Margie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is a great story about a frienship between two boys and how they learned to form a frienship during the gold rush era. The illustrations were beautiful also.
Maryam rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2008
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Sep 16, 2013 Teri rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
I really enjoy books by this author. Great story about CHinese immigrants making their way.
Poornima rated it it was amazing
Jul 15, 2010
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