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 Dragons of silk : Golden Mountain chronicles : 1835-2011
 Author: Yep, Laurence


 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2011

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 339 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 972911 ISBN: 9780060275181
 Ages: 10-13 Grades: 5-8

 Subjects:
 Silkworms -- Fiction
 Chinese Americans -- Fiction
 China -- History -- Fiction

Price: $19.31

Summary:
Four generations of Chinese and Chinese-American girls, beginning in 1835, are tied together by the tradition of raising silkworms and the legacy of the legendary Weaving Maid.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 146323
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 17.0   Quiz: 55216

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/11)
   School Library Journal (11/01/11)
   Booklist (10/15/11)
 The Hornbook (00/11/11)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2011 Gr 5 Up—This final installment in the series tells the tale of three generations. The connections they have are more than blood-relation ties. They are also bonded together by their affinity for silk. Based on Chinese mythology, which is also rich with silk, the family's story is presented in varying first-person accounts in a five-part process. Generations are represented from the years 1835, 1881, 1932, 1962, and 2011. Throughout these parts, readers see the changing dynamic of the silk industry, from the days when the silkworms were grown and cultivated in China in one's own home to the age of industry, when factories and sweatshops line the streets in and around San Francisco's Chinatown. Changes are noted also in the way the family functions; in the 1800s, the relatives do what is necessary to help one another. In the 1962 to 2011 accounts, the women push youngsters to reach for their dreams rather than settling for the norm. The result is a success story that encourages belief in self and encouragement to strive for a goal. This story not only provides readers with a brief history of China and Chinese immigration, but also gives them a boost of confidence to reach for the stars when all they might see is impossibility.—Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/15/2011 Spanning more than 75 years of family history, the conclusion to Yep’s Golden Mountain Chronicles shows how “silk is in the blood” of succeeding generations of young women. From a silkworm farm in rural China to an embattled spinning factory to Depression-era Chinatown in San Francisco, we meet subsequent Young Swallows for whom hard work wins out over dreams of independence. But there is a successful dreamer in that fourth generation—a contemporary fashion designer—who, through Yep’s artful storytelling, is shown to bring the family tale full circle with clarity and credibility. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.

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