Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chinese Cinderalla by Adeline Yen Mah

At the beginning of the school year, one of the students recommended Chinese Cinderella, and I read it.

This book is set in China during World War II. No, this story is not about War at all. As a matter of fact, the war has a very small impact on the story.

This story is actually the true story of Adeline Yen Mah whose mother died while giving birth to her. Because of this, Adeline was viewed as bad luck and was not given any attention by anybody in her family except her Grandfather and Aunt.

Adeline's sister told her "If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck," and this statement basically dominated Adeline's life.

She is sent away to boarding school, and her family never visited her. And, she was rarely given the opportunity to go home.

However, through Adeline's grandfather's encouragement, reading, and studying, she became top of her class, earned a great writing award that convinced her father to send her to college, and she became a medical doctor.

Like many people, Adeline faced obstacles, but she made it........

This book is written in a very simplistic style that young adults would absolutely love. However, there is no reason why an older reader would not enjoy this book as well.

Read, read, read and be inspired by Adeline.

Adeline Yen Mah

Join me as I start to read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg....

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