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Ery informational as well as a ick read The author left you wanting to read and find about the cat or the next encounter of Yang s mother and Mrs Hanson The book addressed many different types of writing with a description and exposure to a new culture the care of animals the importance of music and instruments as well as the realism in the book I certainly enjoyed reading this book which leads me to believe young and old children would enjoy this as well I would suggest children as young as 2nd and 3rd grade read this realistic novel I think this book would be great for children to read and learn about how difficult it can be to adjust to a culture This book also can introduce to students what culture shock is and how different people can experience different things The language and sentence structure was very appropriate for children between 2nd and 3rd grade because of the semi challenging language and the concepts the children were to nderstand I think many children can take Yang s perspective and relate to her experiences as well as the overbearing family Children can always relate to people in one way or another This book would be an excellent choice for the teacher to read aloud to a class with one or multiple ELS learners or even just to teach a lesson about the Chinese culture Students can relate to being new in a school or even hiding a pet from a parent This book offers many positive features to studentsAs a teacher I would suggest sing this book to teach the students about lessons in life This would relate to the idea of a theme We can identify the theme that teaches children to listen to their parents Along with this the students can pick a variety of teaching elements theme from this book We can relate the theme to animals music school diversity etc PERSONAL REACTIONThis book was alright I would not recommend it to many people but I also would not tell people to not read it The overall message that she learns is really important for children to hear but I do not think the actual story is very good Mary is an interesting little girl and learns a lot about who she is and her familyPURPOSEUSE IN CLASSROOM I would se this as an independent reading book Children in 3rd and 4th grade would enjoy it The moralmeaning of the story is really good and children would be able to relate to it very easily Conflict could be taught and also language because there is some words in a different languageI think that this book serves as a great example of struggles that children go through The lesson to be learned is awesome and I think it could be a great book to have a classroom discussion over Yingmei Yang American name Mary is often embarrassed by her parents and siblings who don t act or sound American enough She wants to fit in to make friends to belong So it seems like a great idea to volunteer to take one of her school friend s kittens even though the Yangs home is filled with sheet music and valuable instruments Keeping the cat a secret becomes increasingly difficult Cultural differences and nintended insults Birthday parties and bake sales Lice and livers The Reunion Mission \ Tall Dark Defender uartets and concert pianists This flows nicely from Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear with references to people and events about the littlest brother I find myself growing attached to the Yang family so I m going to need to huntp copies of the rest of the series Overall I really enjoyed this story I liked learning about the Chinese culture through reading this book It provided me with insight to Ic Still Mary wants to be best friends with popular Holly Hanson She sees her chance when she adopts one of Holly's kittens The trouble is that Mary's family can't afford a cat.

This was a very easy to read book The book left you wanting to read as the big conflict was towards the end and everything that lead p to it was intense This is a good way to incorporate culture in the classroom because it shows the difference between Chinese and American families It also is good because it shows how hard it is to fit into certain friend groups at school sometimes I definitely recommend this book and I would have it in my classroom for sure This realistic fiction book follows a young Chinese girl after her family has moved to America and begun adjusting to a new world and new customs She is often embarrassed by her family and tries very hard to fit in with her classmates She ends p adopting a kitten from a popular girl at school who she is trying to impress even though she knows her parents will not approve and she must hide the kitten The book ends with a dramatic scene involving the kitten and the main character realizing that it is okay to be her true selfI think that this book is great for children who are feeling the need to fit in or conform to make people like them This book could be great for read aloud purposes or also individual reading I do not think that this book has very good language and I believe that the plot is rather thin and somewhat boring but the message was very straight forward Personal Reaction This book was a very cute book I could relate to some of the things that happened in the book as I was growing The Venetians Mistress up What child isn t embarrassed of their family just a little as some point in their life I really liked the ending and how Yang finally embraced who she is and how much her family means to herPurpose This book could be read out loud or independently It would be great for students who are from a different country or culture who may not feel like they fit in This book would also be great for children who do not fullynderstand what children go through when they are from a different culture or country This book would be great for children in 2nd or 3rd grade and could possibly help them build their vocabulary with words they have never heard before There are many different types of characters including complex and simple types of characters Other I believe children will be able to relate to this book no matter if they are the children from a different culture or children that know someone from a different culture This book shows a different perspective on friendships and family roles which many children can learn from Yang the Third and Her Impossible family is about a little girl named Yang Throughout the story Yang has to overcome countless obstacle dealing with society and culture all while trying to keep her new pet kitten alive and out of site from her parents I liked the book because it demonstrated cultural diversity through a child s eyes Growing p in a very small farm town we had very little diversity so this brought forward challenges my future classroom may have I also liked the book because I went through an experience like Yang when I was seven years old A kitten on the playground was being abused and I saved him The catch was I didn t tell my mother for tw Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family was actually a real eye opener to the Chinese culture and the difficulties children face when moving to America This book was a great way to learn about the Chinese culture as well as the different interest s people share such as playing instruments baseball and taking care of an animal I thought this book was Yingmei Yang has changed her name to Mary now that she's learning how to be American It's hard since her family sticks to their Chinese customs which can be embarrassing in publ.

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Hat it would be like to be a student who had moved to another country The book itself was an easy and ick read and I think a lot of students would like it as wellThis book encompassed several different genres The ones I that stood out to me were realistic fiction culture music animals Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family would be best for students in the 3rd or 4th grade The language is appropriately challenging for students of these grade levels I believe there would be an array of students who would find themselves relating to characters within this book From new students to foreign students or students who just love music and animals I think overall theme would be a great literary element to teach The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, using this book This is because it is easy to find several themes throughout the book the most prominent being culture and the difference between American and Chinese culture The book also exemplifies the struggles of being a new student Personal Reaction I enjoyed reading this book and loved how the Yang family played the violin because I recently started playing the violin myself I liked how the author implicitly taught about some of the values and beliefs of the Yang family s culture throughout the entire book I also liked how in the end of the book Mary starts to care less about what others think and realizes that she should not be so embarrassed by her family s actions If I could change anything about the book I would have Mary and fourth brother tell their family about the kitten in hopes that they could possibly keep itPurpose The purpose of this book is for mainly entertainment reasons and is geared towards children ages seven through ten Children could possibly relate to Mary in that they may be embarassed by their families actions sometimes or that they care too much about what other people think meaning that they might really enjoy this book It can also serve as an enrichment purpose from learning the moral of not caring so much what other people think and to accept yourself and your family Another way that this book can serve the purpose of enrichment is that throughout the book certain values and beliefs of the Chinese culture are mentioned which could enhance children s knowledge of other cultures and make them exposed to andnderstanding of diversity and how everyone is different For the same reason this book could also be sed as a book that all children in a class are assigned to read if they happened to also be learning about Chinese culture or history in another nit The Yang family has arrived in Seattle from China and the third Yang child Yingmei wants to blend into American culture To start she goes by the name Mary at school instead of her Chinese name mary has a notebook of American words and customs that she practices in order to fit in with the other kids at school But as much as Mary tries to follow American ways her family doesn t seem to get the message Her father can t pronounce certain words her mother prefers cooking Chinese food such as bok choy over American food like spaghetti and her older sister likes to wear cloth shoes from China When a popular girl in Mary s class has kittens to give away Mary volunteers to take a kitten home in hopes that having a pet will give her something in common with the other girls Mary and her younger brother scheme to hide the kitten from their parents but the Mary learns that things like kittens and culture may not always the best things to hide A cute story about friendship and being yourself. And it could damage their prized musical instruments To prove her friendship to Holly Mary must find a way to keep the kitten a secret from her impossible family It won't be eas.

Namioka was born in Beijing the daughter of linguist Yuenren Chao and physician Buwei Yang Chao The family moved often in China In 1937 the Chaos were living in Nanjing and fled westward in the face of the Japanese Invasion They eventually made their way to Hawaii then Cambridge Massachusetts Namioka attended grade school in Cambridge and excelled at mathematicsNamioka attended Universit