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Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs

Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs

Spring 2000 Story Books
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Lensey Namioka
Illustrator: Kees de Kiefte
ISBN: 0-316-59011-8
Hardcover Price: $15.95
In the Asian-American Yang family, Eldest Brother, Yingwu, is the most gifted musician. When his violin develops a buzz, the family cannot afford a new one. Falling deeply in love with a wonderful instrument at the violin shop and hoping to buy it, Eldest Brother embarks on a series of jobs. He becomes quite successful at earning money - until the precious violin is sold to someone else. Then money becomes his obsession instead of music.

With understanding of musicality, obsession, and heartbreak, the author's touch nevertheless remains deft and light.

Kemie Nix   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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