I, too, poured over this book, although in the 1950s. My Gramma told me about her father Frank Mee, a Chinaman with a great big black mustache. My entire Chinese heritage was gleaned from this book. It was when I was in high school and had to do a report on my genealogy that I discovered I was all Irish. The Irish do like to tease small children.
Regardless, what had been done was done. With the guidance of Children of Many Lands and my teasing Irish Gramma, I was a part Chinese girl!
Thank you Susan. I have a friend with your name in my town but she is much younger than us. I am back in school to be a Special Ed teacher. I need to do a project about the books I read as a child. This book was the only one I ever owned and I loved it. I’m trying to find the name of a children’s beginning chapter book series also used in the 1960s. I remember they were a story about animals – I believe in the forest. You had to read 25 pages or more to get to a small sketch on the page. Please let me know if you know of this series. Also, if you have any other information or pictures from books of the 60s I’d love to hear from you. Thank you, Sharon New Hampshire
I got this book as a child in Oklahoma, several years past and my family moved to Boston. I still have a copy in my mom’s library. I treasure it, and this little black girl speaks China and flew her own kite across from Tianmen Square in 2002. I remember the red clothe cover and its artwork of colored ink etchings are engraved in my memory. Today I publish books and in several languages. This book and one titled “The Crane Maiden, really were influential to me.