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Always come home to me
Yang, Belle.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
A pair of young twins, living with their parents in a small town in northern China, are devastated when the doves they love and care for are given to their uncle and determine to find a way to get them back.
Reading Level:
GN 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 119336.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 6 Quiz: 43537.
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A moving and uplifting tale of two children and their parents, and the beloved pet doves that help them to understand one another.

"Fei, fei -- fly, fly, little birds, but always come home to me!"

Mei-Mei and Di-Di are head-over-heels in love with their new doves. Like devoted parents, the siblings tenderly nurture Butterfly and Squeaky as they grow from chicks to fledglings to birds. But when Mei-Mei and Di-Di arrive home to find that the doves have disappeared, their young hearts break into a thousand pieces -- and they run away, determined to reclaim their beloved birds. Will Mei-Mei and Di-Di return home with the doves before they break their own parents' hearts?

Author Notes

Belle Yang was born in Taiwan and came to the United States with her parents at the age of seven. She has written and illustrated two highly praised adult books and two picture books, including HANNAH IS MY NAME. She lives in Carmel, California.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Set in northern China, this introduces twins Mei-Mei and her brother, DiDi, who leave for school each morning with their mother's words ringing in their ears: Fei, fei fly little birds, but always come home to me. Finally given a longed-for pair of young doves, the twins raise and protect them with loving care. When the children release them to fly, they repeat their mother's phrase, and all is well until their father gives their doves to his brother. Mei-Mei and DiDi stow away on their uncle's wagon in an attempt to reclaim their birds; at last, father and uncle realize how dearly the twins love their pets. The father's insensitivity is an unconvincing element in the story, though Yang tries to explain it by showing him as busy and hardworking. The story incorporates a few Chinese words, but the illustrations provide more cultural flavor than the lackluster narrative. The simply executed paintings add color and energy to a slight but sweet story.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2007 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A twin boy and girl living in a village in northern China are the happy recipients of a pair of white doves. The siblings take care of the birds just as their parents have always cared for them and the fledglings stick close to home. One day, their father, unaware of their devotion to the doves, gives the birds to his brother as a gift for helping with the harvest. When the youngsters find out where their cherished pets have gone, they steal away on their uncle's wagon to visit the doves but learn that they've flown away. The despondent siblings return home only to discover that their birds have done the same. Bold gouache single- and double-page illustrations done in a folk-art style are the highlight of the tale. Occasionally, simple black-and-white silhouettes decorate the framed text. Though the story is predictable, the vividly colored artwork, depicting various animals frolicking across the pages and a warm, happy family, will attract children.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.