Six Words, Many Turtles, and Three Days in Hong Kong by Patricia McMahon

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Doing homework is not the way eight-year-old Tsz Yan wants to spend her weekend, but she must learn six new English words. Tsz Yan is a Chinese child living in Hong Kong, where she shares an apartment with her mother and father. With humor and insight, the author paints a portrait of daily life for an engaging, energetic child living in one of the most intriguing of all international cities. Hong Kong is in the midst of dramatic, historic change from British to Chinese ownership. The fabric of Tsz Yan's life may remain largely unchanged, yet she and her parents cannot help but be concerned about the transition. Stunning, vividly detailed photographs capture resplendent street scenes and the mountainous surroundings of Hong Kong as well as the quiet moments and joyful times of a young girl and her family.
 

About Patricia McMahon

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Patricia McMahon is the author of several highly acclaimed photoessays for children, including ONE BELFAST BOY, praised by THE BULLETIN as "powerful and provocative," and SIX WORDS, MANY TURTLES, and THREE DAYS IN HONG KONG, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an excellent slice of living theater . . . disarmingly matter-of-fact and authentic." She has lived overseas and traveled extensively. Ms. McMahon lives in Houston with her husband and their two children, Conor and Claire. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1948, Susan was raised in Dover, Massachusetts. She attended Oldfields School and the University of Denver, where she graduated in 1970. She completed seven years of post graduate work at the Art Institute of Boston under the guidance of David Ulrich, Chairman of the Photography Department and attended workshops led by Paul Caponigro, Nick Hlobeczy, Jerry Uelsmann, Ernst Haas, Michael O'Neil and Gene Richards.Susan has taught photography at the Maine Photographic Workshops and The Art Institute of Boston.In 1982 she opened her own photographic studio in Franconia New Hampshire, which she operated for seven years. For the past five years she has worked with her husband, Dick Durrance II, on location advertising assignments. In 1991 she became the first woman ever awarded a Marlboro assignment. In 1993 and 1994 her color panoramic landscapes were chosen by Fuji Film for a national testimonial advertisement. Her work hangs in several private collections and was selected for the 1991 Communication Arts Photography Annual.
 
Published August 25, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 64 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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