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Title:
The house of sixty fathers
Author:
De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 1984.

©1956
Physical Description:
189 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and new home.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
820 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 6.0 40.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.5 9 Quiz: 05385.
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ISBN:
9780060214807

9780060214814
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Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and new home.


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Meindert DeJong is the winner of the 1954 Newbery Award for The Wheel on the School. The New York Herald Tribune praised this book for "its insight that stimulates the imagination and its clear beauty, like that of a Vermeer painting."

The scene of this latest book by Mr. DeJong is China, during the Japanese occupation. Young Tien Pao is alone on his family's sampan when the boat breaks loose from its moorings and is caught by the rushing waters of the river. When the sampan finally lands, Tien Pao is in Japanese territory. With only his pig for company, he starts on the long and difficult journey back to Hengyang and his parents.

The House of Sixty fathers could be the story of any child in any war.In his expressive pictures Maurice Sendak has caught the essence of TienPao and his faith, courage, and unwillingness to surrender his belief in the impossible.

The House of Sixty Fathers isbased on Meindert DeJong's actual experience, During World War 11 Mr. DeJong was official historian for the Chinese-American Composite Wing, which was part of Cbennault's famous Fourteenth Air Force. A young Chinese war orphan, the Tien Pao of this story, was adopted by DeJong's outfit. The boy chose DeJong as his special "father," and the two were devoted to one another.

Mr. DeJong wanted to bring the boy back to the United States with him, but because of legal complications he was unable to do so. However, the men in the outfit left the youngster well provided for when they returned to America. The Communists then took over that section of China, and DeJong has never heard what happened to the boy.


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Tien Pao must begin a dangerous journey to find his family, who has escaped from the Japanese army, in this moving story. Ages 10-14. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved