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Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker
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Feb 20, 09

bookshelves: longer-picture-books

Based on a true story; in 1958, Chairman Mao declared war on sparrows, blaming them for eating too much of China's wheat crop. His battle plan was simple; over a period of three days and evenings, all the able bodied citizens in the country, including the schoolchidren, were to cover the land and make as much noise as possible so the birds would die of exhaustion or heart attacks. The plan was effective-within three days the sparrow population was decimated-but deadly to humans: without the sparrows, the locust population grew to plague proportions, contributing to a famine that killed between thirty and forty million Chinese over the next three years.

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message 1: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Oh my gosh, how have I never heard of this??? Just another reason we shouldn't mess with nature, huh?


Rebecca Seriously?!? I've never heard of such a thing! Oh my gosh!


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