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Fritz, Jean: Homesick

Jean Fritz tells the delightful true story of her childhood in China until 1927, when she turned twelve and her family returned to Pennsylvania. During her years in China she had always felt she was American and was homesick for the country she'd not yet seen. History and Chinese culture come to life as we see China through Jean's young eyes.

Ms. Fritz tells the makes the Yangtse River come alive with its coolies hauling water, women washing clothes, swarming houseboats, and junks with eyes painted on their prows. She lets us know how it felt to be a proud American (though one born in China) in a British school, forced to sing "God Save the King" every day. And she gives us her child's eye perspective on the growing turmoil in China, especially in Hankow and Wuchang, as the Chinese people became more and more suspicious of foreigners, and warlords, Nationalists and Communists vied with each other for power. Being called a "foreign devil" took some getting used to, and several times the family had some very narrow escapes. Thoughout all her Chinese adventures, Jean never forgot that she was an American, and she was very eager to return to her native land. What she didn't expect was how difficult it would be to fit into American culture when she got home to her grandparents' farm in Pennsylvania. She was shocked when American children asked her what it was like to eat a rat. And she took offense when her classmates referred to the Chinese as "chinks."

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about either Jean Fritz or China. Although it was intended for those 9-12, it would make an excellent book to read to the entire family, for there is much to discuss. Teachers will also find it a useful resource for unit studies on China in the 1920's. This book is currently in print and published by Penguin Putnam in both hardcover and trade paper.

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