A classic Newbery Award winner, with an introduction by Katherine Paterson and new illustrations
When Young Fu arrives with his mother in bustling 1920s Chungking, all he has seen of the world is the rural farming village where he has grown up. He knows nothing of city life. But the city, with its wonders and dangers, fascinates the thirteen-year-old boy, and he sets out to make the best of what it has to offer him.
First published in 1932, Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze was one of the earliest Newbery Medal winners. Although China has changed since that time, Young Fu’s experiences, like making friends, are timeless.
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Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. This "accurate, vivid and well-written story" ( The New York Times ) is about Young Fu, a country boy, who is apprenticed to a master coppersmith when he and his mother move to the city of Chungking during the exciting and often dangerous 1920s.
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Young Fu is bound for seven years to be an apprentice to Tang the coppersmith, and his new life in the Chinese city Chungking is both exciting and terrifying. Young Fu endures the taunts of his coworkers, and must live by his wits on the streets, where restless soldiers will shoot a man if he does not carry a load for them, and beggars steal from those who pass them by.
Yet for Young Fu, the pleasures of the bustling Chungking of the 1920s far outweigh its dangers. Little by little he learns the ways of the big city and plunges into adventure after adventure. Young Fu's eagerness to help others and his acts of courage earn him many friends, and finally, more good fortune than he ever thought possible.
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Book Condition: Fair. Acceptable condition. Acceptable dust jacket. Former Library book. Published in 1969. Bookseller Inventory # N15K-00223
Book Description Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, NY, 1932. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine - Collectible. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Kurt Wiese (Illustrator) (illustrator). Reprint of May 1969. EX-LIB; library slip removal scar to fEP. Text/Bright, clean, As New. Illustrated, tangerine linen boards/NF. DJ/NF w/loss to front inner flap; under library mylar. First published 1932; this is a 1969 reprint. Winner of the Newbery Award (1933) and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1960). .First novel (1932) from children's author and Methodist missionary to China, Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (1892 - 1958). Set in pre-World War II China in the city of Chungking, Szechuan --- the city of hills above the Three Gorges, dominated by warlords, secret societies, bandits, hoodlums, opium, penetration of Western ideas, and by 1937, the wartime capitol of China during the Sino-Japanese War. Story of how Young Fu, whose father was less than diligent, is taken under the wings of, and adopted by, a coppersmith whose finds him worthy. World order of western China near a century ago. Library Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 013456