Monday, September 24, 2012
Book # 44 - The Diary of Ma Yan
Diary of Ma Yan
The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl
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.