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The Pigtail Of Ah Lee Ben Loo

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Contains seventeen poems and short stories: The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo / The Astonishing Story of the Caliph's Clock / Ye Lily Maiden and Ye Lyttel Taylor-Boye / The Story of the Fool Who Was Willing / The Proud Miss O'Haggin / Abijah's Fourth of July / Little Peter and the Giant / A Jest of Little John / The Land of the Impossible / The Cat, the Cow, the Dog, and the D ...more
298 pages
Published January 1928 by Longmans, Green & Co
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Melissa
Spoilers ahead.
"The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo, with seventeen laughable tales" is a Newbery Honor book from 1929 and I'm not really sure HOW to begin -hint: I'm not laughing. Going into my Newbery Challenge I suspected that I'd find several of the books problematic by today's politically correct (I should add that I love some of these incorrect books/stories, case in point "Little Black Sambo") standards and that more than a few probably wouldn't find publication today (for a multitude of reason
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Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: newbery-honors
If this were written 20+ years later it would be called "The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo and Other Stories." However, if it were written that much later it wouldn't have won an award and would likely not have been published. The first story is quite racist and throws huge misrepresentations on important aspects of the Chinese language and culture. The fact that the lady was named 'Ting a'Ling' says it all.

About 1/2 of the stories are poems, and the author is good at rhyming, and most of the rest a
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Linds
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this one. It was nonsensical fairy tales in all the right ways. A decent number of lines were laugh-worthy, and I loved the roundabout logic that most of the characters used. (For example, if a clock is THAT expensive, CLEARLY it must tell proper time. Case closed.) The stories alternated between using poetry and not. I was able to enjoy the poetry as well (I'm not a poetry person), but it was nice to get breaks. I do think the stories were where the author really shined in wit. I' ...more
Heather
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A collection of very funny stories and poems. Not for every child, but some parents and children would get a kick out of this one. I would love to own a copy.
Monica Fastenau
Oct 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Damaris
Jul 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
1929 Newbery Honor Book
Jeanette
Apr 16, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: newbery
Now if only I could actually track down a copy of this out of print book. So far have tried 4 libraries and inter-library loan with no luck.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Fairy tales and poems. A Newbery Award honor book for 1929.
I wish it was still in print!
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John Bennett (May 14, 1865 – December 28, 1956) wrote and illustrated children's books. He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. He wrote The Pigtail of Ah Lee Ben Loo with Seventeen other Laughable Tales and 200 Comical Silhouettes, which won the Newbery Honor in 1929.
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