Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker

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Ming-Li looked up and tried to imagine the sky silent, empty of birds. It was a terrible thought. Her country's leader had called sparrows the enemy of the farmers--they were eating too much grain, he said. He announced a great "Sparrow War" to banish them from China, but Ming-Li did not want to chase the birds away.
As the people of her village gathered with firecrackers and gongs to scatter the sparrows, Ming-Li held her ears and watched in dismay. The birds were falling from the trees, frightened to death! Ming-Li knew she had to do something--even if she couldn't stop the noise. Quietly, she vowed to save as many sparrows as she could, one by one...

About Sara Pennypacker

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Sara Pennypacker is the author of the acclaimed Clementine series, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes to School, both illustrated by Martin Matje; and Dumbstruck. Sara lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.Yoko Tanaka made her children's book debut with Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers. Before graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Yoko won a Gold Award from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in several magazines, and in galleries across the globe. Sparrow Girl is her first picture book.
Published February 17, 2009 by Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this sober tale based on Mao Zedong’s 1958 edict to eradicate China’s sparrows to prevent crop damage, a compassionate little girl follows her heart instead of her Leader.

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Deciding that sparrows are eating too much grain, “our Leader” orders his people to drive them away, and Ming-Li’s whole village turns out to “[make] so much noise the ground itself rumble[s].” Ming-Li objects, pointing out that other birds will leave along with the sparrows, but she is silenced;

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