juliaveronica34, February 13, 2014 (view all comments by juliaveronica34)
Red scarf girl is an autobiography by Ji-Li Jiang. After reading Ji-Li’s story, I didn’t feel as though the book had any meaning. I believed it was pointless for me to even read the book because I couldn’t understand it. It was just too confusing to understand because I had no knowledge of China’s Cultural Revolution. However, if you take the time to read about the Cultural Revolution in China, the book is much easier to comprehend. Sadly I discovered this after I read the book. My recommendation is that prior to reading Ji-ling’s story, do a quick study on the subject. You will get a better understanding of why ad how the Cultural Revolution impacted Ji-Li’s life in such a dramatic way.
In the beginning Ji-Li was an excellent student. She had good grades, and had lots of good friends. But once the revolution took place, everything in her life took a turn for the worst. Kids who were her friends started ignoring her. It all happen when people found out that her family had a different social background then them. The reason her family had a different social background was because her grandfather was a landlord. This meant that her family didn’t come from a working class and that was not a good thing. When the community committee representing the new government found out that she was the granddaughter of a landlord, Ji-Li had to face many tough challenges. She had to choose between disowning her family or sticking with her family through this tough time.
As I mention, the book does not explain the history of China’s Cultural Revolution. Without this it’s easy to get confused, so my suggestion is prior to reading the book get some knowledge on the Revolution. Besides that issue, overall it was a good book.
ravenklau, October 30, 2011 (view all comments by ravenklau)
I love this book. I would highly reccomend it to anyone. It is a true, gripping story of the effect that "brainwashing" can have on the young generation. It was a truly amazing book, and opened my eyes to the harshness of the world and how powerful dictators can be. A beautifully written story.
Jenn, August 26, 2006 (view all comments by Jenn)
The cultural revolution comes to China, and JiLi is 12 years old. Her family is looked down on, and life is made difficult for the entire family. She can have life easier for herself by turning in her family, but while things would be better for her, it would be worse for them.
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by Harper Collins,
This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.
A personal and painful memoir—a page-turner as well as excellent material for social studies curricula—Red Scarf Girl also includes a thorough glossary and pronunciation guide.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
When China's Communist Party detains Ji-Li's father, the 12-year-old is facedwith a difficult choice.
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