Sparrow Girl

By Pennypacker, Sara & Tanaka, Yoko

Publishers Summary:
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...

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978-1-42311-187-0
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

K-Gr 4 In 1958, in a stunning demonstration of unintended consequences, Mao Tse-tung decimated the sparrow population of China by compelling every able-bodied citizen to set off firecrackers, clang gongs, beat on drums, etc., over a three-day period. The frightened birds took wing until they dropped dead of exhaustion. Though this kept the sparrows from eating the wheat crop, it also prevented them from co...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

In 1958 China, battle is declared against sparrows--they're eating too much grain. Ming-Li defies the shortsighted directive of "Ou...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on February 1, 2009

Though this book's subject matter may be challenging at times, is a meaningful and ultimately uplifting tale about following one's conscience. At the beginning of the story, Ming-Li's objections are simple and softly spoken: "I like sparrows." But her older brother ignores her, and her father chides her. "You are not a farmer," he says. "You are only a small girl." Then birds of all kinds, including her and her broth...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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