|"For the second year in a row, no rain fell on Jo Lee’s village. The rice ponds dried up and cracked wide open. The sweet-potato vines shriveled and died. Only the orange trees clung to life."|
As a lover of children's illustrated books, I'm posting a link to my kid lit review (written for the aha!Chinese blog) for this month's feature on Elizabeth Partridge. The award-winning author of children's, young adult, and adult books states on her website: "I love researching and writing books, both fiction and nonfiction. I'm fascinated by courageous, artistic people."
Growing up in a family of artists, including her godmother--the photographer Dorothea Lange-- influenced the way Partridge sees the world. Her newest book, Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Get Weary, "focuses on the courageous kids who were crucial to the success of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for the vote."
To read my kid lit review of Oranges on Golden Mountain, click here.