Children's Book Club

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Children's Book Club

'In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson'

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie RobinsonIn 1947, the year of the Boar in the Chinese calendar, Shirley Temple Wong (an American name she chose for herself) leaves with her mother from China to come to America.  They are coming to live with Mr. Wong, who has been working and preparing a home for them. Everything is unfamiliar in coming to a new country.  Shirley is anxious to prove to her parents -- and to herself -- that she can adapt.  She doesn't speak English very well and is just beginning to learn about many American customs.  She wants to maintain her Chinese traditions, yet accept her new American culture.  Can she find both and have "a double happiness?"  

Shirley learns to play stick ball and follows superstar Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play baseball in the Major Leagues. Shirley realizes that America is a land of opportunity and a place where all people can come together.  

Come join us for pizza and a discussion of the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord at the Children's Book Club Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The book club is intended for ages 8-11.