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Little White Duck
A Childhood in China
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By Andrés Vera MartínezNa Liu
Illustrated by Andrés Vera Martínez
©2012
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ISBN-10: 0-7613-6587-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6587-7

Pages: 108
Trim Size: 7 x 9
Dewey: 741.5'973
Reading Level: 5

Interest Level: 4-7
Ages: 9-13

ATOS Quiz #: 151496
ATOS AR Points: 0.50
ATOS: 3.20
Guided Reading: V*
Lexile Level: 710
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by Andrés Vera Martínez, Na Liu

The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin—Big Piano—and her younger sister, Xiao Qin—Little Piano—live in the city of Wuhan with their...
Author Biography, Afterword, Full-Color Illustrations, Illustrator Biography, Original Artwork, Timeline
About the Author
Andrés Vera Marténez was born in a small west Texas town called Lamesa, and grew up in Austin. He received a bachelor's degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Andrés has illustrated over twenty pieces for the The New York Times Op-ed Section. His first cartooning work was illustrating a children's graphic novel, Babe Ruth: Before They Were Famous, for Simon & Schuster. He received a grant from the Brooklyn Historical Society to adapt a 17th century Dutch journal about Brooklyn into a comic book, which is titled Breuckelen 1679. His second graphic novel, Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, was co-written with his wife, Na Liu. The book is about her childhood experience in mainland China from the late '70s to early '80s. Andrés has received awards and recognition for his work from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and 3x3 Magazine.
About the Illustrator
Andrés Vera Marténez was born in a small west Texas town called Lamesa, and grew up in Austin. He received a bachelor's degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Andrés has illustrated over twenty pieces for the The New York Times Op-ed Section. His first cartooning work was illustrating a children's graphic novel, Babe Ruth: Before They Were Famous, for Simon & Schuster. He received a grant from the Brooklyn Historical Society to adapt a 17th century Dutch journal about Brooklyn into a comic book, which is titled Breuckelen 1679. His second graphic novel, Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, was co-written with his wife, Na Liu. The book is about her childhood experience in mainland China from the late '70s to early '80s. Andrés has received awards and recognition for his work from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and 3x3 Magazine.
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Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
Horn Book Best Books of the Year
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Best Children's Books
New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
School Library Journal Best Book
Shelf Awareness 10 Best Books of the Year
Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year

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Because not all students read at the same pace, we've included dual audio speeds based on a words-per-minute pace recommended by reading and educational researchers for struggling and on-grade-level readers. Readers start at speed one, and can move to the faster speed as they gain confidence.

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