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Silk Umbrellas

author: Carolyn Marsden

Eleven-year-old Noi is learning to paint like her grandmother. She and her older sister, Ting, spend many rapt hours in the jungle watching as Kun Ya paints delicate silk umbrellas to sell at the market. But one day Kun Ma and Kun Pa announce that Ting must start working at a local radio factory to help support the family. As the days and weeks pass, Noi anxiously sees her own fate reflected in her sister’s constricting world. Can Noi find a way to master her fear of failure and stand up for her gift — and Kun Ya’s tradition — before the future masters her?

"A sensitive portrayal of a family in Thailand. . . . This gracefully told story will resonate with many young readers." — Booklist (starred review)
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$5.99 / $7.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763671916 /  9780763671914
on sale date:
02/2014
type/format:
Middle-grade Novel / EBook
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
144 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
 
subjects:
Family; People & Places; Art & Architecture;
author’s comments:
Carolyn Marsden is the acclaimed author of The Gold-Threaded Dress and its sequel, The Quail Club, as well as Silk Umbrellas, Moon Runner, When Heaven Fell, The Buddha’s Diamonds (with Thâ`y Pháp Niêm), The Jade Dragon (with Virginia Shin-Mui Loh), Sahwira (with Philip Matzigkeit), Take Me with You, and Starfields.
 
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