Mei Li

Mei Li After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year s Eve Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God

  • Title: Mei Li
  • Author: Thomas Handforth
  • ISBN: 9780385076395
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After spending an eventful day at the fair held on New Year s Eve, Mei Li arrives home just in time to greet the Kitchen God.

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    1. I was a little nervous, reading this 1939 Caldecott Medal winner to my two Chinese daughters, without pre-reading it. I wasn't sure if this was going to be yet another children's book with Chinese characters who have mere slits for eyes and say the most ridiculous things (like the Siamese cat in Disney's Aristocats).I have found most children's books produced in the United States before, say, 1980, to be culturally insensitive to Chinese children, and most of the books in our current library tha [...]

    2. I do think the art in this story is beautiful. There is no color, it is just drawings.This is from the 30s set in China. I don't know if Thomas studied Chinese culture, if he was Chinese, but the drawings feel like it is someone who knows. It is a book of it's time and in the story the woman has her place and this story is laying down gender roles for both. It does shows how things were.There is New Year's Festival that Mei Li goes to see with her 3 lucky pennies and 3 lucky marbles. She is scar [...]

    3. 1939 Caldecott Medal WinnerFantastic black and white illustrations in this book. It looks like it was done with ink and brush, with tiny dots for shading. The story is about how Mei Li sneaks out with her brother San Yu to attend the big New Years celebration and tries to prove in various ways that there are things for girls to do at the fair.It's dated, but I didn't feel like it was particularly insulting to Chinese people--it sounded like the author based it on a real little girl whom he knew [...]

    4. 3.5 STARSI had low expectations for "Mei-Li" based on what little I’d heard and the fact that it was written by a Westerner about Chinese culture in the 1930s/40s. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was neither as misogynistic or culturally insensitive as I’d feared it would be. I certainly wouldn’t want it to be a first or only primer on Chinese culture or women’s rights, but I believe it could be an enjoyable and educational addition to family or classroom read-alouds if bracke [...]

    5. I started reading this to my son, and then I stopped. Because San Yu, Mei Li's brother, is a kind of a jerk. My son is 3, and I can't get into a realistic discussion of gender roles with him. So, I told him this isn't true anymore, that girls can do anything that boys can, and please go and play with your legos while mommy can stew on something written in the 30s, and should have died a natural death but didn't because it won the Caldecott Medal. (This last is my opinion).It bugged me when the b [...]

    6. Young Mei Li disobeys her parents and the traditions of her society by following her brother into the walled city the morning before New Year's Day. The story takes place in China almost a century ago, and readers will delight in this little girl's adventure into the city as well as her attempts to leave the city before the gates close for the night! Mei Li is both curious and brave, and readers will relate to her attempts to prove herself worthy of the trip in her big brother's eyes. The realis [...]

    7. Mei Li is looking forward to her family's New Year visit from the Kitchen God. When her brother San Yu heads to the fair to purchase items to impress the God, Mei Li sneaks along even though girls are supposed to stay at home. Based on that set-up, I expected a Mulan-like story challenging gender roles - but the sexist moral of this story is that girls are happiest at home. I realize this comes from a less enlightened time period and a culture with different values, but the message of the story [...]

    8. We are working our way through the Caldecott Medal winners and are just tracking down the last few that we haven't read yet. As this book was written before my parents were even born, we were excited to see children's literature from long ago. The illustrations are terrific - the black and white drawings are very expressive and engaging and I can appreciate the time (2 years) that the author/illustrator took to create them. The story, I felt, was fine. It did depict girls as being less privilege [...]

    9. I was worried about this one at first because it depicts non-white characters in the 1930s. Then I felt a bit better after reading the illustrator/author lived in China and spent two years on a book about a real little girl he knew. Then my heart sank again after reading the poem translated from the Chinese at the beginning that seems to imply girls are worthless. However, the entire story exists to contradict the poem by showing all the things a girl can experience and accomplish at a New Year' [...]

    10. Mei Li won the 1939 Caldecott. 4-year-old Sigourney loved the black ink drawings. The Chinese landscapes, architecture, fashions and costumes interested her to no end. But the story's message - little girls are lesser beings that can't do most things - stinks. Prime example: a diviner tells Mei Li that she'll be a ruler some day. Then, pages later as the book ends, Mei Li's told that one day, she'll be the monarch of her own home. Holy dated gender roles! Granted, I'm reading a 1930's book with [...]

    11. While Mei Li presents the idea of a young girl who attempts to make something of herself in a society that views females as essentially worthless, at the end of the tale she isn't very successful, and seems to accept that the best place for her, at least for now, is in the house. This book is very much a product of its time, so it's interesting historically but not really the best for modern children too young to place it in a historical context. Veg*n families might want to know that the treatm [...]

    12. Mei Li is the youngest child in a loving family. She’s easy to spot with her “candle stick” pigtail atop her head. One day she goes with her brother to the New Year Fair. They have many adventures and eat wonderful treats, but almost miss getting back through the city gates! Originally published in 1938, this won the 1939 Caldecott medal. Wonderful illustrations bring the Chinese cultural celebration to life. This is a great way to introduce very young children to a different country and i [...]

    13. It's unfortunate that this early Caldecott winner (only the second book to win) depicts girls as being unable to do many of the things boys do simply because of tradition. However, if using this book in class, it could be a good example of how things have changed in the world, how sex roles are not quite as rigid as they used to be.

    14. Eh okay I'm so torn because I loved the artwork. The shading and the intricacy in which the faces and areas were drawn is simply mesmerizing; however, it was tough reading about a little girl who was no more than an animal to her family and the community. It makes sense in a historical way but it did make it difficult to read at some points.

    15. Caldecott Winner - 1939 I decided not to rate this one. I always struggle to rate a book that was likely advanced for the year it was published. It rubs me completely wrong for present day and the message it sends about the place of a girl, but part of me is impressed that a book about a Chinese character won an award during that time period.

    16. The kids and I are reading through the Caldecotts this summer. We enjoyed the story. Yes, some of the language and ideas seem dated but we enjoyed chatting about that. They said they were pleasantly surprised.

    17. This review also appears on my blog.Mei Li wishes to go to the New Year Fair in the city, but little girls always have to stay home. Undaunted, she sneaks out to visit the city, following her brother. What adventures await?Thomas Handforth's Mei Li is the winner of the 1939 Caldecott Medal. Unlike the previous winner, Animals of the Bible, Mei Li is a real picture book.The story centers around a young Chinese girl, Mei Li, who is unsatisfied with remaining at home, while the New Year Fair is goi [...]

    18. * Potentially problematic, could possibly still work for classroom with adequate explanation.Thomas Handforth was not from China, however, he did live in Beijing for around 5 years and Mei Li is based on a real girl. Apparently she was a regular in the courtyard where he did his drawings and she helped recruit others to pose for sketches and so on. However, he still wasn't part of that culture and I'm not sure how people of Chinese background feel about this book. I wasn't able to find anything [...]

    19. 1939 Caldecott Medal winner. It is difficult to rate books written in such a different era. If this book were written and published in modern times (I don't even think it would be), I'd give it one star or not rate it at all. But, trying to be cognizant of the era, I gave it three stars. The story begins with a cringeworthy poem about worthless girls. Truly horrible. Then it follows the adventure of Mei Li, a young Chinese girl, who sneaks into the city for the festival and her adventures. The w [...]

    20. What an interesting story line! This story is about a young Chinese girl who ventures outside of her household on New Year’s to prove that there are activities that girls can participate it. This story has to take place during a certain time period where the females were unable to leave the house and were unable to participate in anything because they were seen as the weaker gender. The illustrations looked like they were sketches but they were not at all! It looked like sketches because of th [...]

    21. I absolutely adore the black charcoal illustrations in this book. This would be a great companion book to a nonfiction story about Chinese new year. There is also a great wall of china reference. You can definitely tell this book is from the 30's. Although I loved the illustrations, the plot was a little slow in some spots and it made it difficult to keep my attention.

    22. I enjoyed reading this book which was named 1939 winner of the Caldecott award. Whether it is culturally accurate or not, I enjoyed reading about this family. The characters are affectionate and hard-working.

    23. This was a nice mix of illustration and story. And it was a nice story telling of Chinese traditions. The artwork was very detailed.

    24. • 1939 Caldecott Winner •Mei Li is a little girl who defies tradition and goes with her brother to the New Year Fair even though “little girls always had to stay home.” This was a decent read but the text was a little dry. The illustrations are good but sometimes feel like they are floating (multiple images of a person or thing with no background). The story takes place in Peiping, China and according to the book flap, the author / illustrator had been living there since 1931 when he won [...]

    25. It would be irresponsible to read this aloud in the setting I work in, but as a historical piece, it’s very important. Much like many of the early Caldecott winners, it’s from another time. It’s not a message I’d want to send to children, especially young girls.

    26. Nicely drawing illustrations accompany this story of a young Chinese girl celebrating New Years. This story did not age well (Caldecott 1939), as in it Me Li learns that her place is at home cleaning.

    27. Cool illustrations & I'm glad that Mei Li has no time for the traditional "Girls stay home & make themselves useful" thing. But I can't say it enough: Man, old-timey picture books are wordy!

    28. This was the 1938 Caldecott Medal Winner. (I'm trying to track down and read as many Caldecott winners as I can.) I loved the copper pressed illustrations in this story. They took two years to complete, and they are beautiful. The story is a sweet one about a little girl who wants to go to the New Year Fair, but my favorite thing about this book, by far, is the illustrations.

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