Monday, September 24, 2012

Book # 44 - The Diary of Ma Yan


Diary of Ma Yan
The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl
167 pages

I borrowed this book in the hopes that my daughter would read at least one book during the summer vacation.  A Chinese girl in a poor village anguishes at her parents' decision to stop her schooling.  This is something my daughter could not relate to, so I ended up reading the book because it resonated with some  difficulty in my own childhood.

This is a story of how a little girl values education.  Her diary, though simple and rudimentary, becomes a tool to help her family and her village.

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