Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

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In the 1920's a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, [1973, c1932]
Edition: 1st rev. ed
ISBN: 9780030074714
0030074711
9780805005493
0805005498
Characteristics: xii, 267 p. illus. 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Ed - Illustrator

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1933 In the 1920's, a Chinese youth from the country comes to Chungking with his mother where the bustling city offers adventure and his apprenticeship to a coppersmith brings good fortune.


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IndyPL_SteveB May 22, 2019

An early winner of the Newbery Award for children’s literature set in China in the late 1920’s. It is still a real pleasure to read and *memorable.*

Young Fu (his name is “Fu” and he is a young man) and his mother are forced to leave their family farm after his father dies. They move to the huge walled city of Chungking, where a friend of his mother has arranged an apprenticeship with a coppersmith. In the big city, they are fish out of water, but Young Fu becomes friends with a poor elderly scholar who lives in the room above theirs and who begins teaching Young Fu about life and written language. He does well at his apprenticeship, and has a capacity both for hard work and making friends. He may get in danger or make bad decisions, but his basic morality and some good luck see him through.

The book is both exciting and thoughtful, showing us how Young Fu grows and learns over his three-year apprenticeship, earning the respect of many people. There is also much political tension hinted at, as the Chinese government is toppling and being rebuilt frequently, with the Nationalists and the Communists fighting with the leftover military leaders of the Imperial government. It is a time of immense change after hundreds of years of little change in China, and the author describes the chaos well.

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green_cat_3454
Sep 19, 2017

It kinda starts off a little slow but picks up the pace fairly quick. This book also takes place in a time where communism was just being introduced by a couple of foreigners, and that adds a interesting aspect here.

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Nov 28, 2012

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