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The Rainbow People Paperback – 1 Aug 1992
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About the Author
Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.
Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.
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My 8 year old daughter was having trouble transitioning to longer chapter books because she couldn't find a genre that kept her interest. Her reading was at grade level, but she struggled with books that she brought home from school-she didn't want to read them- she was only going through the motions of reading and not retaining any of the story. I needed to find something that would help her enjoy, and look forward to reading.
I too had the same issue when I was her age, and i loved the book "tongues of jade" by LaurenYep. I couldn't find "Tongues...". So I ordered this book by Yep. My daughter really enjoyed this one. She read through all of the stories and ended up reading some stories many more times. She was able to focus and really comprehend the stories enough that she could retell the stories to me. Since the stories were short, if she had to ask the definition of a word, she didn't get lost when asking for help.
My daughter is 10 now- this book really was a turning point in her literacy and love of reading. In the past two years she has read some of the Harry Potter series, Judy Blume, and other longer age appropriate chapter books. She still occasionally will pull this book out of the book case to read.
The stories are broken up into Tricksters, Fools, Virtues and Vices, In Chinese America, and Love tales. Each section has a brief introduction which contains some history and cultural information as well as additional source information.
Each story has a bookmark size brush and ink illustration. The illustrations add a glimpse into the stories.
Yep's stories are very readable, but might need a little trimming for telling. These stories are interesting and offer a look into the lives of the earliest Chinese Americans.
The Rainbow People is divided into five sections, which are titled "Tricksters," Fools," "Virtues and Vices," "In Chinese America," and "Love." Each of these sections has an short introduction that gives us a hint about the upcoming theme. Some of the sections have contrasting ideas; for example, "Tricksters" is about people who are smarter than they think they are, but "Fools" is about people who think they are smarter than they are.My favorite stories were in "Tricksters" and "Virtues and Vices," but I enjoyed reading all of them. Reading this book gave me a good idea of the Chinese culture.
I recommend this book for people who just like to sit down for about five minutes and read a short story. It also helps if you are interested in different cultures around the world. For those of you who want to finish a book in one stretch, this isn't the book for you.