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Red Kite, Blue Kite

by Ji-li Jiang
Illustrated by Greg Ruth

Published by Disney/Hyperion, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒23127536

Ages 5-8

After his father is sent to a labor camp, a little boy stays connected to him through their shared love of kite-flying. First Baba is able to visit once a week and they fly kites together. Then, when Baba explains he will no longer be able to visit, he tells the boy to fly his red kite each morning, and he will fly his blue kite each evening. 揈very day Baba and I 憈alk with our kites. My red kite soars and dips, shouting over the thick forest, 慔ow are you, Baba? I miss you. Baba抯 blue kite swirls and circles, replying, 慖 miss you too, little Tai Shan.挃 Ji-Li Jiangs emotionally taut story set during the Cultural Revolution in China captures a small child抯 sense of fear and loneliness, and his father抯 determination to let him know how much he loves him. Jiang uses beautiful language to tell a hard but happily ending tale. Greg Ruth抯 images show the increased hardship faced by the boy抯 father, but also the love that surrounds the child. An author抯 note provides background on the Cultural Revolution that sets the stage for this story inspired by the childhood experience of her friend.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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