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Only One Year
( by Andrea Cheng/ illus Nicole Wong, Lee & Low $16.98 Score: )

Fourth grader Sharon and First grader Mary are shocked when their parents decide to send their little two-year old brother DiDi to their grandparents in China for a year. Both their parents have jobs and that would mean DiDi would have to be in daycare. Their parents decide that family caring for him would be better. This story of an immigrant family introduces young readers to a set of circumstances that will be strange to many. Yet this kind of separation is not so strange to countless African Americans who were sent to Southern and Island families while their parents worked in Northern cities. DiDi's return is in many ways more unsettling than his departure. His attachment to the grandmother who brings him back is deep felt. So, too is his detachment from the family he is returned to. It's a small chapter book and intended for 2nd- 4th grade readers, so the short chapters and simple text hardly conveys how long a whole year can be or the ache of their separation. Although the children are young, the subject seems more appropriate for older students. Still, this is an interesting look into another culture. 8 & up.

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