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Only One Year by Andrea Cheng
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Sep 27, 2010

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bookshelves: grades-2-4, multi-cultural, juvenile-fiction, 2008q1

As far as I know, there are not many juvenile (or adult) fiction books written about the practice of sending young children off to stay for a long period of time with extended family -- so this title would make a good staple addition to any collection. It would also work very well in a classroom -- especially during a unit on family or multiculturalism.

I read the author's note after I read the book (which discusses Cheng's hope that Only One Year will help young readers understand the role different cultures play in raising and caring for families). I was not unfamiliar with the topic of this book, however I thought Cheng's did a wonderful job at explaining this practice in terms that could be easily understood by young children (her readers). I would read the author's note first, discuss different ways people from different backgrounds/cultures/places raise and love their families and then read Cheng's story ...

As for the story ... it's good, gentle, and a realistic depiction of family and sibling life ... but it's not great stand-alone read. It needs to be something bigger -- part of a discussion.
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September 1, 2010 – Finished Reading
September 27, 2010 – Shelved
September 27, 2010 – Shelved as: grades-2-4
September 27, 2010 – Shelved as: multi-cultural
September 27, 2010 – Shelved as: juvenile-fiction
September 27, 2010 – Shelved as: 2008q1

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