Little Pear: The Story of a Little Chinese Boy, Part 2

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 106 pages
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Little Pear is a young boy who lives in a small village in China. Although his story takes place long ago, he is much like any little boy today--always on the lookout for excitement and adventure!

Little Pear is just looking for fun, but he has a knack for finding trouble without even trying! Join him as he stows away to the fair in a wheelbarrow full of vegetables, nearly flies away on a kite, has a mishap with a firecracker, and is rescued from the river by a houseboat family.
 

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I have read this story to my second-grade classes for years, and they always love it. It gives a good picture of life in China through a child's eyes, before Chairman Mao and The Peoples Republic. It provides opportunities to compare cultures, with the description of the home (one room with a dirt floor, paper windows, and a fireplace under the bed) and celebration of Chinese New Year, as well as the manner of dress and kinds of toys the children play with. One year we had to research tang hulurs because the students clamored to know what the candy was that Little Pear was so fond of. 

Contents

LITTLE PEAR AND HIS FAMILY
1
LITTLE PEAR SEES THE CITY
9
HOW LITTLE PEAR WANTED BOTH A TOP AND A TANGHULUR
16
HOW LITTLE PEAR LIT A FIRECRACKER
27
HOW ERGU LOST HER KITE AND ALMOST LOST LITTLE PEAR
39
HOW LITTLE PEAR ATE SOME GREEN
47
PEACHES
57
HOW THE CANARY FLEW AWAY
58
HOW LITTLE PEAR WENT TO THE FAIR
66
LITTLE PEAR FALLS INTO THE RIVER AND DECIDES TO BE GOOD
78
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ELEANOR FRANCES LATTIMORE (1904-1986) was an American citizen born and raised in Shanghai. She began her career as an artist, but became known as the author and illustrator of more than fifty popular children's books. A number of her stories are based on her experiences growing up in China.

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