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    Little White Duck
    A Childhood in China
    Library Bound
    Also available in: E-BookPaperback
    ©2012
    ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-6587-7
    AR Quiz #: 151496
    AR Points: 0.50
    ATOS Level: 3.20
    Guided Reading: V*
    Lexile Level: 710
    SRC Reading Level: 4.4
    Pages: 108
    Trim Size: 7 x 9
    Dewey: 741.5'973
    Reading Grade Level: 5
    Interest Grade Level: 4-7
    Ages: 9-13
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    DESCRIPTION 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 parents. For decades, China's government had kept the country separated from the rest of the world. When their country's leader, Chairman Mao, dies, new opportunities begin to emerge. Da Qin and Xiao Qin soon learn that their childhood will be much different than the upbringing their parents experienced.

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    Book Features
    Afterword, Author Biography, 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.
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    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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    Awards for this Title
    Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    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
    Starred Reviews
    Library Media Connection
    "This is a beautiful introduction to a China that few of us will ever understand." —starred, Library Media Connection
    Kirkus Reviews
    "With this intimate look at her childhood memories, Liu skillfully weaves factual tidbits into the rich tapestry of her life...Beautifully drawn and quietly evocative." --starred, Kirkus Reviews
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    The New York Times Book Review
    "'Little White Duck' isn't Communist propaganda. It is at once more innocent and more sophisticated. What Liu and Martínez do is convey a child's-eye view of a country in transition. Politics, culture and history play into their stories, but the reader's awareness of them is a child's awareness... Their characters are more than just pieces to be puzzled into someone else's narrative. They're living, breathing people." --The New York Times Book Review
    Shelf Awareness
    "Liu and Martínez find the universal moments in the details of an exotic land, inviting readers to see themselves in Da Qin's experiences of friendship, family and country. An extraordinary graphic novel-memoir by a husband-and-wife team offering a rare view of 1970s China." --Shelf Awareness