3 journalers for this copy...
While Little House on the Prairie emphasizes the survival of frontier life, Prairie Lotus exposes the overt prejudice and racially motivated microaggressions toward communities of color particularly Asian Americans through the perspective of its protagonist, Hanna.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I enjoyed this and hope that you do too!
Book has arrived! Thank you for sending, etherea!
Received from Round 2 of the Asian Diaspora VBB.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I must have forgotten to journal when I read it. I quite enjoyed it and recommend it!
Sending to Hyphen8 as one of the books chosen from the Asian Diaspora VBB! Enjoy!
USPS tracking # 9549 0102 9577 2225 3373 30
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
I'm impressed to see that Linda Sue Park has reached the stage where her books rate a hardcover with embossed foil lettering. :D
Also: I too loved the Little House books as a kid, but my immigrant roots go back further than those of Linda Sue Park and Bich Minh Nguyen - my great-grandparents were the immigrants.
As a ten-year-old, I didn't think about it much, but as I got a little older I easily figured out that the Little House books tell only one side of the story of our country - those "wide open spaces" were actually already occupied! On the other hand, it's true that most books tell a story from one viewpoint only, and Wilder's is not surprising given when those books were originally published (starting in the 1930s). It's nice to see Linda Sue Park try to balance things out a bit, as unlikely as her Hanna is. I'd recommend this book to any young reader who enjoyed Wilder's work.
(I don't know that I would say Ma hated Indians - more that she was afraid of them.)
[For adult readers, Jenny Tinghui Zhang's Four Treasures of the Sky presents a somewhat more plausible fictional story of a young Asian woman in the Old West, complete with a sadly historically-inspired ending - which inspired Zhang's book. For the grim details, try Jean Pfaelzer's nonfiction Driven Out: The Forgotten War against Chinese Americans - which I didn't get through because it was too depressing. I borrowed both of those books from the library in digital format.]
I'm counting this as my South Dakota read for the 2022 version of NancyNova's states challenge.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Released for the 2022 NJABBIC challenge (week 45: pictures in pictures) - if you look closely, Hanna's torso shows a younger Hanna with her parents (see my previous journal entry).
Thanks for finding this book! Won't you please make a journal entry and let its previous readers know how & where you found it? What do you think of it? What will you do with it when you're done?
This is now your book, and you may do as you please with it: keep it as long as you wish, share it with a friend, or leave it where someone else can find it!
Have you ever wondered where your books go after they leave your hands? Join BookCrossing and you'll be able to follow them as new readers make journal entries - sometimes from surprisingly far-flung locations.
BookCrossing: making the whole world a library!