Li Lun, Lad Of Courage (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Li Lun Lad Of Courage Turtleback School Library Binding Edition Banished to a mountaintop to learn to grow rice Li Lun proves his courage as he fights the elements and his own loneliness to make his rice seedlings flourish where no one else has for generations

  • Title: Li Lun, Lad Of Courage (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
  • Author: Carolyn Treffinger Kurt Wiese
  • ISBN: 9780785780328
  • Page: 142
  • Format: School & Library Binding
  • Banished to a mountaintop to learn to grow rice, Li Lun proves his courage as he fights the elements and his own loneliness to make his rice seedlings flourish where no one else has for generations.

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    1. While I do in some if not actually in many ways consider Carolyn Treffinger's Li Lun: Lad of Courage both readable and inspiring (that is to say I find the main protagonist's, I find Li Lun's courage, his inventiveness and his skills at solving the multitude of problems that his being sent to plant and grow rice on the unforgiving and harsh mountaintop have engendered, impressive), I am also lastingly and very much angered by the father's ruthless stubbornness and that family "honour" seems to b [...]

    2. Hey, JoAnne, I think this is a good candidate for the read-aloud!This book is highly reminiscent of "Call It Courage," but has worth all it's own, as the main characters of each book are very different and are set on their tasks for different internal reasons. This book is a great little look at a portion of Chinese culture (I think, I mean, I don't really know if that statement is a fact, as I don't know enough about Chinese culture), but it seems like it. That was a really lame general stateme [...]

    3. Interesting book, one of those though where you wonder how culturally accurate it is being written by someone who was not a member of the culture they are writing about. Of course, sometimes you just want to read a story and set the politics of the thing aside for awhile. Whether or not it resembles the culture it is supposed to portray, it is still an interesting read. I'm sure modern people look at sending a boy up a mountain to grow rice as rather extreme parenting. Though, I'm sure it would [...]

    4. I'm both impressed with Li Lun's courage and problem solving and saddened by his father's harshness. I know it was a different time and a different culture, but to send your young son to grow rice on the top of a mountain alone just because he is scared to fish seems way beyond unnecessarily harsh. Aside from that aspect though, I ended up enjoying Li Lun's determination to survive, to protect his rice plants, and to solve each problem he faced.

    5. I am probably giving up adult lit for a while, as the kids' new language/history program (which I am excited about) has me reading to them from 2 or 3 books at a time the whole year. That may be all the reading I get in! Our theme this year is "The Eastern Hemisphere," beginning with China. This was the first book we read for the year, and it was a good one! I LOVE the opportunity to read these stories that are so largely based on themes of honor, gratitude, respect, etc. This was a (relatively) [...]

    6. Li Lun, Lad of Courage is a short book, and very straightforward, but it does a good job of melding an interesting story of Chinese culture with a tale about feeling fear and overcoming the hurt that being labeled a coward will bring by proving one's internal bravery in one's own way. To me, what makes Li Lun as compelling a character as he is, is the fact that he is totally ordinary. I didn't sense any kind of above-and-beyond courage on his part in this book; what made him brave was his willin [...]

    7. Nice story, not great writing.The premise of the story is pretty original and actually captivating. The story quickly becomes dull, however, even in this short, short book. The middle of the book is repetitive. Regarding the writing, it feels very awkward in tone, mostly due to strange vocabulary. For instance, the writer uses the word "gulp" when talking about eating food towards the end. There lies some awkwardness also in the formality of the dialogue, but this is more excusable. Outside of t [...]

    8. Well, this is a fine read, quick, lively, interesting. The illustrations by Kurt Wiese are super and really enhance the story.However, there's so much here that's so very similar to Call It Courage that it feels to me as if I'm reading two entries in a series called 'brave boys on foreign islands' or something!But I've decided to rate it unto itself, and give it 3.5 stars, rounded up because I really liked the adult characters even though I wouldn't have noticed them much as a child reader.Newbe [...]

    9. I loved this book so much that I used it to teach Special Ed students during a literacy class. It talks about fear, family ties, culture sociology and psychology of human nature. It is a great book that teaches one how to live up to their convictions and work hard at whatever they choose to do in life even if it is not the norm of society.

    10. My father found this book in the town dump when I was a kid and brought it home for me. Can you imagine-- a Newbery honor book in the dump?? Anyway, I loved it and still have it and ought to reread it.

    11. Read early for CC1 wk#9. This book reminded us of "Call it Courage" by Armstrong Perry. We all enjoyed reading about Li Lun's ability to complete his task in the face of many obstacles and how he over came those obstacles.

    12. I think this is a good way to explain how a fishing community in China might live to your children (who live in the US). Also when I read this to my boys it helped them understand hard work and persistence. I feel that showing them hard working children in books can be a bit of a motivator and inspiration to a generation who seems to think a lot about themselves and getting things immediately.There are some issues I have with this book though. The main character is disobedient but he also doesn' [...]

    13. This was a classic, good old-fashioned tale from a coastal Chinese fishing village. People that aspire to a post-modern tradition may pooh-pooh moralistic tales such as these, but I fully embrace the strong and clear messages that are conveyed. The solitude of Li Lun's ordeal is daunting, but he successfully works through myriad challenges, even as almost all of his rice plants get ruined by seagulls and rats. One of the most important lessons that resonates very strongly is how being open about [...]

    14. What an amazing story of courage. We felt we were right there with Li Lun as he worked hard to make the rice grow. My kids were on the edge of their seats at the end of the story, anxious to see how Li Lun's actions would be accepted by the townspeople and more importantly, by his family! His courage and recognition brought tears to my eyes and I felt such pride for him. My oldest daughter said the ending was horrible. She really wanted Li Lun's dad to recognize his accomplishment. That being sa [...]

    15. This book is set in a fishing village on the coast of China, where ten-year-old Li Lun trembles as he attempts to make himself invisible to his father. For this is the day themen take their sons who have turned ten to the fishing boats with them -- the man-making trip -- their first fishing trip. But Li Lun was desperately afraid of the deep rolling water where he was sure that the evil spirits swarmed, ready to drag him under. He was determined not to go. But the moment came when his father cal [...]

    16. Ten-year-old Li Lun lives in the Village of Three Firs on Blue Shark Island off the coast of China with his fisherman father Teng Lung, his mother Wang Lun, and his three younger brothers and baby sister. At age ten, Li Lun is supposed to make his first voyage on the fishing boat with his father. However, the boy is strangely afraid of sea water and refuses to go. His father slaps him, calls him a coward, and banishes him to the “Sorrow Mountain” or Lao Shan with seven grains of rice. As pun [...]

    17. Li Lun was a Newbery Honor book in 1948. I am fairly certain I read it while in elementary school; I am sure it was considered a classic. It is still a wonderful story of a boy, Li Lun, who is afraid of the sea. Li Lun lives on an island off the coast of China where fishing is the only means of survival for the people. All the village boys make their first fishing trip into deep seawaters when they are ten-years old. Except Lun. He refuses and his father, deeply shamed, sends Lun into the mounta [...]

    18. Genre-Junior books-Historical FictionThis story is about a littleboy named Li Lun that lives on the coast of China and is afraid of the sea. Since he lives in a village where a part of manhood is based around situations like fishing, his father is humiliated and sends him to the highest mountain to plant seven grains of rice. Li Lun accomplishes this task, which is something never done by any villager.A. Area of comment- settingB. All the details and settings that Treffinger uses in her story al [...]

    19. This was the winner of the Newbery Metal in 1948. I loved the simplicity of the story. There wasn't a lot to become confused about and it made the important themes of courage and perseverance really stand out. I think my 3rd graders would really understand the story and get into cheering him onto succeed. I think they could also begin to get a feeling for Chinese culture. I think using visualization strategies throughout the book could be powerful because of the strong imagery. An interesting an [...]

    20. My son will be reading this soon for his schoolwork so I wanted to read it before he did. This is a great book that teaches some very important lessons, like what true courage is, and the value of perseverance. I think this will be a very timely book for my soon to be 12 year old to read right now!

    21. Easier read than Call it Courage, but a similar story. Instead of conquering his fear of the ocean, he takes the punishment and shows that other options are available besides the fishing. I think I liked Call It Courage more for his conquering his fears, but this one shows more patience in the hero, and less concern about others opinions.

    22. I had to read this book for school, and if I'm honest, I was not a fan whatsoever. If you think about the actual meaning, as he's only 10, then it is slightly mind-blowing if you're interested in stories like this. Me personally, I am not into this. Hence why I didn't like it and it has such a low rating.

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