|Publisher:||Hyperion Books for Children|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 7.67(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Laurence Yep is a prolific Chinese-American author of children's books. He is best known for the 10-book Golden Mountain Chronicles; Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate were both Newbery Honor books. In 2005 the American Librarian Association awarded Yep the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, notably for Dragonwings, The Rainbow People, The Khan's Daughter, and the autobiographical The Lost Garden. Yep's books are often influenced by Chinese mythology and touch upon the dilemma of the cultural outsider.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Teddy's decision to get his brother a gator instead of turtle for his birthday results in some fun situations and a lot of laughs. Unless you are Teddy's dad.
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 9yo. He likes animal stories and I like Laurence Yep. Should be a perfect combo for us to enjoy.Comments: Teddy is the eldest brother in a Chinese-American family and Bobby is his little brother. Bobby is always so happy about everything; it gets on Teddy's nerves. Why can't Bobby be a pain like little brothers are supposed to be?. Teddy does the usual "big brother stuff" trying to get Bobby in trouble, pushing his weight around and buying him socks for his birthday. Then comes Bobby's eighth birthday and Mother asks Teddy why he is so mean, why he can't buy his brother something nice for his birthday, doesn't he love his brother, he should by his brother a pet and shows him an advertisement in the paper for turtles for sale at the pet shop and to cap it off she has already bought a turtle home. Once at the pet store Teddy can't help himself, Mother didn't actually say 'turtle', she said 'pet', so he comes home with a pet alligator and thus starts a series of incidents that have all of Chinatown talking.A very well-written, humourous story that really had us giggling but also a story that has several themes running under the surface. It shows the family dynamics and cultural experiences of a multigenerational American-Chinese family to non-Chinese readers, explores the traditional non-demonstrative relationship of a Chinese father and son and how that slowly changes to show outward affection, explores sibling relationships and how they can show love for one another and finally while the story is humourous the the inevitable ending illustrates that exotic animals are not meant to be kept as pets. A small book that packs quite a punch.It was a good read aloud for us. Ds just thought it was hilarious and was intrigued by the Chinese family life. He identified with Bobby, being close in age with him and found the thought of having an alligator as a pet exciting but right from the beginning knew it was a bad idea for a pet. Myself, I am a fan of Laurence Yep. He is a talented writer who writes across different genres and his books are wonderful for showcasing the Chinese experience whether it be historical or in the semi-present, such as this one. Recommended.
I thought this book was great when it comes to an older sibling trying to once again getting the best of a younger sibling. Teddy puts his best efforts into upsetting his younger brother Bobby with a baby alligator. But once again Bobby loves anything his older brother gives him. Too bad the alligator had to die! But then all of us have had to go through dealing with a dieing family pet!
I thought this book was so stupid I hated it, it wasted my time,I was not wanting to give up because maybe it would get better,but it was like that through the whole book.That was the most boring book that I have read in a llllllong time.