Red Kite, Blue Kite

Book Summary: 

Tai Shan and his father (“Baba”) love to fly kites from their roof. One day soldiers take his father away and Tai Shan moves in with his Granny. Tai Shan and Baba use their kites to stay connected with each other.

Year: 
2013
Author: 
Ji-li Jiang
Illustrator: 
Greg Ruth
Publisher: 
Disney-Hyperion
Guiding Question: 

Some people live in countries where wars are being fought. How has war impacted this family?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- When people in some countries disagree with their government they are punished very severely.

Empathy- Tai Shan must have been very sad when his father was sent to the labor camp. How do you think his father felt when he had to go?

Advocacy - Read the Author’s Note at the end of this story about the Cultural Revolution in China. Search the internet to see if anything similar is happening today.

Action - Find practical ways to support families that are undergoing separation due to war. One example would be writing letters to U.S. service people.