Spring Pearl: The Last Flower

Spring Pearl The Last Flower After the deaths of her parents year old Chou Spring Pearl is taken into the home of her father s wealthy benefactor Unlike most Cantonese girls Spring Pearl has learned to read and write but sh

  • Title: Spring Pearl: The Last Flower
  • Author: Laurence Yep Kazuhiko Sano
  • ISBN: 9781584855194
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • After the deaths of her parents, 12 year old Chou Spring Pearl is taken into the home of her father s wealthy benefactor Unlike most Cantonese girls, Spring Pearl has learned to read and write, but she must now learn a new skill how to survive in Master Sung s hostile household While the Second Opium War rages in the streets and harbor of Canton, Spring Pearl faces battlAfter the deaths of her parents, 12 year old Chou Spring Pearl is taken into the home of her father s wealthy benefactor Unlike most Cantonese girls, Spring Pearl has learned to read and write, but she must now learn a new skill how to survive in Master Sung s hostile household While the Second Opium War rages in the streets and harbor of Canton, Spring Pearl faces battles of her own.

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    1. LIFE GOAL: Meet Doggy's granny.The first parts aren't really interesting. Some scenes are overly detailed, but it certainly pays off at the end :)

    2. i enjoyed the characters and the details of this well told story, especially the main characters. it is a nice quick read, with a rich dose of cultural and historical education in spite of the fact that it's fiction.

    3. Twelve year old Chou Spring Pearl's life is in upheaval. Recently orphaned, she is taken in by the family of her scholarly father's friend and benefactor Master Sung. Raised in a bamboo hut located in the "rat's nest' poorer neighborhood of Canton Spring Pearl has been raised in an unorthodox manner for girls of her time. The daughter of a scholar who was known for his paintings she knows how to read , and write, and can speak some English, due to her father's business with British and other for [...]

    4. I read the book Spring Pearl The Last Flower by Laurence Yep. The story is about a girl named Spring Pearl who lives in Canton, China. When her parents die, she goes off to live with her father’s scholar friend, Master Sung. Master Sung’s family is very wealthy and Spring Pearl's was not. At first, it was hard for Spring Pearl to fit in with her new sisters, Miss Emerald, Miss Willow, and Miss Oriole. Her brother, Blessing was nicer to her and they played lots of games of cards. Master Sung [...]

    5. One of my mom's best friends gave this book series to me way back when I was probably 11, when she learned from my mom that I loved to read. As I began reading this one, it got a little boring to me - not as intriguing as Leyla The Black Tulip - so I stopped. Recently, years later, I picked it up again, and, while it was still just a little boring in some parts, I made it through. I'm kind of glad I didn't continue to read this at a younger age, because all this talk about the foreigners and war [...]

    6. This story takes place in the China of 1857. A young girl's father dies, leaving her without a home. She is given a chance to move in with another family but, due to her rather low social status, she's not actually welcomed by the people who live at her new home.It's also not a settled time in China's history, because the England had been at war with them once and was getting ready to go to war against China again. There's even politics on the local level which affect her new household.Spring Pe [...]

    7. My 12 year old sister and I both enjoyed this book. Though fast paced and a quick read the author manages to still pack a lot of historical information in this book about the first opium war, the Taiping rebellion, as well as cultural practices like foot binding. Although it doesn’t explore these issues in depth it left me wanting to learn more about life in 19th century China. It was refreshing to see a strong female character like Spring Pearl in a book meant for middle school age girls. As [...]

    8. "Spring Pearl The Last Flower" is about a girl named Spring Pearl who lives in China. Her parents have died, so she must move from her home to her dad's friend's house. Spring Pearl tries to be kind and to do what she would normally do at her own home. It is hard for her, though, because there are soldiers that are trying to invade the house,and the whole city is fleeing. She also struggles to be accepted by the Mistress of the household and her daughters. I recommend this book to anyone that wa [...]

    9. Personally, I owe a lot to Laurence Yep for opening my eyes to my own culture and identity, but this book irked me in the sense that character-wise, the girl was historically inaccurate. I understand that he was trying to make her likable, but women during that time just weren't allowed to act like that, no matter how much they wanted to. Overall, a decent read, but I didn't like it as much as some of his other books.

    10. A good story of how Spring Pearl, now an orphan, tries to survive in Master Sung's household and her changing world. The British and French are coming to invade China. She has to live through name calling, a new home, and the question of what to do all without her parents. Can she be strong? Will she be the flower that survives?

    11. From a modern American viewpoint, our protagonist doesn't really act like a typical 12 year old, but perhaps for her circumstances and time period, it's a bit forgivable? (probably not)Still, a strong leading female character who addresses her adversity head-on is a good role model for young readers.

    12. I really liked this book! I've read some other "Girls of Many Lands" but this was the most recent one I've read. It's really cool some of the stuff she does in here. And I love certain parts in it! (But I can't tell you what those parts were without telling you the story! :P)

    13. When Spring Pearl's parents die, she is taken under the wing of a relative. Learningn to read and write is unusual for her to learn, but she must also learn to survive in her new hostile home. The description of the cultures are beautiful. The best part of the book is the cutural aspect.

    14. A very well-written and historically intriguing story. I enjoyed the plot and story very much, and though it had a sad note to it, I liked the book as a whole. A very good read.

    15. Amazing story and cover! Enjoyed all the Girls of Many Lands series books I could get my hands on! Recommended for 8/9-12 year old girls. Very historically accurate.

    16. This book was pretty cool. Spring Pearl was really inspirational and independent, not caring about what others thought about her that much.

    17. An eye-roller, but good in that it portrayed a strong girl who copes with her circumstances. But she did not act like a twelve year old! Won't read again.

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