imagesThis week, we begin reading Dragonwings, an award-winning historical fiction novel by Laurence Yep.

Here are resources to increase your comprehension and enjoyment of this historical fiction novel.

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Discover the major milestones in aviation with this aviation timeline.

See footage of San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906.

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Just for fun, here are instructions on how to make your own kite.

About This Book

Moon Shadow is eight when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown and works in a laundry. Moon Shadow has never seen him.

Moon Shadow soon loves and respects this father, a man of genius, a man with a fabulous dream. With Moon Shadow’s help, Windrider is willing to endure the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, and longing for his own country to make his dream come true.

Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Laurence Yep’s historical novel beautifully portrays the rich traditions of the Chinese community as it made its way in a hostile new world.

Praise for Dragonwings

“[A]n unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant’s viewpoint.” — School Library Journal

1976 Newbery Honor Book
ALA Notable Children’s Books of 1971-1975
1976 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book
The New York Times
 Outstanding Children’s Books 1975
School Library Journal Best of the Best 1966-1978

Interest Level  Grades 6 – 8

Reading Level  Grade level Equivalent: 6.1

Type of Book  Chapter Book

Genre  Historical Fiction

Themes/Subjects  1) Changes and New Experiences, 2) Immigration, 3) Chinese and Chinese American

from Scholastic.com


43 responses »

  1. One piece of interesting information that I learned in my research about the Chinese abacus is that it was invented in China in c3000 BC. For those of you who do not know what an abacus is, it is a counting device that makes calculations consisting of a frame mounted with rods along which beads or balls are moved. So cool!!! 🙂

  2. Today, I learn that the San Francisco earthquake was on April 15, 1906 at 5:15 and with two crazed men on the roof and told them to shoot them the presence was of 5,0000 people instead of letting them fall through the roof and burn alive.

  3. Today I learned about 2 different kinds of dragons: The western dragon, and the Chinese dragon, although they’re both dragons, and they both have a lot in common, the western dragon has more heads than the Chinese dragon which only has one…

  4. ALSO THIS ; quake awoke G.A. Raymond as he slept in his room at the Palace Hotel. He describes his escape:

    “I had $600.00 in gold under my pillow. I awoke as I was thrown out of bed. Attempting to walk, the floor shook so that I fell. I grabbed my clothing and rushed down into the office, where dozens were already congregated. Suddenly the lights went out, and every one rushed for the door.

  5. Today I learned was that the Calligraphy is still used in China 🙂 and I also learned was that the terrifying earthquake shattered in the early morning of San Francisco of April 18 at 5:15 AM the earthquake did last only a minute but it was the worst disaster in nations history in only just a minute 😮 ……. And that is what I learned about Calligraphy and The San Francisco Earthquake 🙂 😉

  6. Today I learned that in ancient China the kite was known as ‘Zhiyuan’! I also learned that the prominent ideologist Mo Zi spent three years constructing a wooden kite which failed after one day’s flight! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. I learned that the San Francisco’s earthquake was one of the most terrible earthquake and the military officer told his men to shoot them they shot them right through the head that was awful

  8. I read The san Francisco Earthquake, in 1906.One interesting fact I found was that the maelstrom destroyed 490 city blocks , a total of

  9. I learned that The San Franciso Earthquakes happened in Apirl 18 at 5:15 and lasted a minute . it registered on the scale 8.25. In addition, it destroyed 490 city blocks. Also, it left about 250,000 homeless and killed about 450 to 700 people. I learned that the San Francisco earthquakes did great damage.

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