by Laurence Yep

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If you asked her, Robin would say that ballet means everything to her.

But no one's asking Robin. Not her parents, who can no longer afford ballet lessons because all of their money is going toward bringing Robin's Chinese grandmother to America. Not her grandmother, a demanding woman who can barely walk. And now, Robin is even losing touch with her ballet friends, who are moving on without her. It's hard for Robin to hide her resentment of this foreign grandmother who's changed her whole life. Then Robin uncovers a secret that leads to a new understanding of the many ways in which she and her tough old grandmother are alike.

"An appealing story that draws readers into the world of ballet, while offering an authentic and sometimes amusing look at the dynamics of Chinese-American family life."—School Library Journal

"Kids who appreciate a story about fighting for one's dream will enjoy Robin's saga."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698116061
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 284,054
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laurence Michael Yep is a prolific Chinese-American writer, best known for children's books. In 2005, he received the biennial Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his career contribution to American children's literature. His distinguished novels for young people that deal with the Asian-American experience include two Newbery Honor Award winners, Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate. Mr. Yep, who has a Ph.D. in English, has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Barbara. He also is an award-winning playwright and has edited a collection of writings by Asian-Americans.

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Ribbons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ribbons by laurence Yep is about a girl that loves to dance and then one day her Grandmother comes from Hong Kong and ruins the entire family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended. Somethings may seem stereotypical (in response to one of the critics) but as an Asian American, I think respecting the mother's authority is extremely often. And I think the author has the right to express that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ribbons is about a girl named Robin who takes ballet. She has to quit ballet because her family is bringing Robin¿s grandmother over from Hong Kong. Robin was supposed to be able to start ballet again when the debt is paid off, but it takes longer than they thought. Meanwhile, Robin¿s brother Ian joined his grandmother and is ganging up against her. Will Robin be able to take ballet again? Read and find out! I liked this book because it was about family. I like boos that show families that may have had some problems then resolve them so the family is happier.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a book that is touching, book that will touch the deepest spot in your heart. It will give you a sweet feeling at the end, leaving you feeling beautiful like a morning butterfly. It is a book that is graceful and light like a ballerina skimming a still lake like wind. A must read book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. It is about a girl Robin who loves to dance until her grandmother comes over from Hong King to the US. To find out more, read Ribbons by Laurence Yep!~ I read this book for a book report and I can't wait to see the grade I got on this book!~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because I could relate to the main character Robin. She felt that dance is her life and I love dance too. Paw Paw is Robin¿s grandma. They had to pay for her to come over from China. Now the family can not afford Robin¿s ballet lesson and Robin is sad. She is also sad because Paw Paw is ignoring her. Toward the middle of the story Paw Paw is still ignoring Robin but she is paying attention to Ian (Robin¿s brother). She takes Robin¿s ballet shoes away because Robin is ruining her feet by curling her toes under her foot. Towards the end of the story Robin is happy. Why you ask? Well if you want to know why she is happy and if everything works out then read Ribbons by: Laurence Yep.