Oranges on Golden Mountain by Elizabeth Partridge

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"You are never alone. Your dream spirit, your Hun, will make sure of that," Jo Lee's mother tells him when she sends him across the ocean to fish with Fourth Uncle on Golden Mountain-California. Adjusting to the strange new land is not easy, but the orange branches he has brought from home and his Hun's nighttime travels remind Jo Lee of his roots and nourish his growth.

In this finely wrought story of one Chinese boy's transition to a new life in late-nineteenth-century California, Elizabeth Partridge captures the determination, family strength, and courage needed by all immigrants. Aki Sogabe's cut-paper illustrations, as rich in character and historical detail as the text, soar with drama, imagination, and-like Jo Lee's Hun-a deep desire to connect.
 

About Elizabeth Partridge

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Elizabeth Partridge is a National Book Award finalist and the author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange; This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; and the Printz Honor-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published February 1, 2001 by Dutton Juvenile. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This touching and pretty picture book tells the story of Jo Lee, a young boy in 19th-century China who is sent to join his uncle on Golden Mountain (the name Chinese immigrants have given to California) when a drought has brought hardship to his village.

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''At least in the fishing village,'' his mother says, ''your belly will always be full.'' Jo Lee does not know Fourth Uncle, who is waiting for him on Golden Mountain.

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His mother promises Jo Lee that he will never be alone: ""Your dream spirit, your Hun, will make sure of that."" She also gives him cuttings from her orange trees, which he dutifully plants and tends after his arrival.

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