Mei Fuh by Edith Schaeffer
Memories from China

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On November 3, 1914, Mei Fuh was born in China to two American teachers. Here is Edith Schaeffer's lively memoir of her first five years growing up in southern China. With Mei Fuh we walk along the busy city wall, taste buffalo cream on toast, feel cool breezes from Amah's bamboo fan, inhale the sweet fragrance of oiled paper umbrellas, and hear the deep, sad sound of the ship's horn as it pulls out of Shanghai Harbor, carrying Mei Fuh to her new life in America. Mei Fuh is Edith Schaeffer's poignant tribute to the China of her early years - and a vivid evocation of a curious young girl learning to find herself in her family and in the world.

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Published April 27, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Realistically for a five-year-old, playtime, exotic sights, and childhood traumas blend together, so that the pleasure of watching her goldfish is only briefly dimmed by its sudden loss (while the child was away, Adjipah cooked and ate the fish), and the agony of spilling boiling water on her leg...

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The sights, sounds, smells and flavors that comprise Mei Fuh's daily life are chronicled here in cheerfully unaffected prose accented by sprightly black-and-white illustrations.

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