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Our Journey From Tibet - Laurie Dolphin

  • Author: Laurie Dolphin
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Language: English
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Product Code:
NPR 480
  • Author: Laurie Dolphin
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780525455776
  • Size: 10.8 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches


From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5. Working from interviews with a nine-year-old Tibetan girl, the author has written a moving first-person account of Sonam's illegal escape from her homeland with her two older sisters and their Buddhist monk brother to pursue a traditional Tibetan education in Dharamsala, India. The girls' parents reach the decision to separate the family because education under the current Chinese occupation is very expensive and teaches little of Tibetan culture. The young people traveled by truck to the mountain passes of the Himalayas and from there joined up with other children to walk through the snow and down into Nepal. Buses took them to their final destination and a meeting with the Dalai Lama. Attractive, well-composed, full-color pictures accompany the readable, absorbing text that, in addition to detailing the journey, includes some basic information on current Tibetan history and life. There are no captions, however, and a few of the pictures beg for more description. The layouts are varied, one illustration sometimes covering an entire page. An intricate pale-peach, presumably Tibetan, design decorates the outside edges of the pages. A letter from the Dalai Lama in which he further describes the Tibetan school program and its goals rounds out the presentation.?Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 3^-6. There have been several photo-essays recently about life in Tibet since the Chinese takeover. This one focuses on the life of nine-year-old Sonam, who escaped Tibet after a dangerous journey through the Himalayas. Her destination was the Tibetan Children's Village in India, where children are taught modern subjects as well as traditional Tibetan culture and beliefs. Sonam's story is related in the first person, and children will feel an identification with the girl's hopes and fears, though, despite the clearly written text, they may not fully understand the political situation in Tibet. Numerous color photographs capture the drama, in both the larger and more personal sense. At face value, this is a compelling story about escape from an oppressive government; but with a message from the Dali Lama and other elements of "making a case," there is no doubt this book was written to advance a cause. Ilene Cooper

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