The Kite Fighters
In fifteenth century Korea, the boys discover that Kee-Sup is excellent at crafting kites, while Young-Sup is a master at flying them. The New Year's festival, with the annual kite flying competition, is approaching. Can the brothers work together and represent the family with honor in front of the king?
Young-Sup, as the younger brother, faces challenges his older brother Kee-Sup does not. Their father expects Kee-Sup to study to earn an appointment at the king's court one day. Can you imagine not being allowed to disagree with your older brother? How would it feel to have someone else choose your career?
This is an outstanding book, full of meaningful discussion opportunities. The social expectations that exist in Young-Sup's world may be unusual to modern readers, but everyone can relate to sibling rivalry, hope, ambition, disappointment, and hard work. Teachers who explore culturally responsive teaching strategies and explicitly teach students about code-switching (the language they use in different contexts) will find that this book is an accessible, effective example.
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