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Coolies [Paperback]

By Yin (Author) & Chris Soentpiet (Illustrator)
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Having arrived in America in the late 1800s from China, Shek and little Wong know that there is difficult work ahead as they take part in building a railroad across the West, but despite their efforts, they are treated more harshly than others and wonder if it is simply due to their ethnicity. Jr Lib Guild. Reprint.

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Shek marvels at the new world as he and his brother, Little Wong, arrive in California. Along with hundreds of other workers, the brothers are going to build a great railroad across the West. They plan to save enough money so that their mother and little brothers can join them in America. But as days grow into months, they endure many hardships-exhausting work, discrimination, and treacherous avalanches. Inspired by actual events, this story reveals the harsh truth about life for the Chinese railroad workers in 1865, while celebrating their perseverance and bravery.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Coolies by Yin & Chris Soentpiet has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 05/26/2003
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 05/26/2003 page 73

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.74" Width: 12.04" Height: 0.22"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 2003
Publisher   Puffin
Age  6-10
ISBN  0142500550  
ISBN13  9780142500552  

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More About Yin & Chris Soentpiet

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Yin lives in Queens, New York.
At the age of eight, I was adopted with my older sister from Korea to live with an American family in Hawaii. When I was 22 years old, I had the opportunity to visit my Korean brother and sisters for the first time since I was adopted . It was a happy reunion. (A book about my adoption will be released in due course.) More about my background can be found in several newspaper publications such as the Daily News and the New York Newsday.

I graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I studied Advertising, Illustrations, Graphic Design and Art Education. But painting has always been my passion.

With encouragement and guidance from my good friend, author and illustrator, Ted Lewin, I took my portfolio along with some original paintings around New York City. The first ten publishers I visited did not have work for me until I stepped into the office of Lothrop, Lee & Shephard (acquired by: Harper-Collins Publishers). They have given me my first opportunity to illustrate and author my first children's picture book, Around Town.

My books reflect my interest in people, history and its culture. As with all my historical books, researching at the library plays an important role in illustrating the accuracy of the details I paint into each spread. After researching is complete, I hire models to play the parts of the main characters. Using models allows me to achieve a realistic and consistent look from page to page. Based on my research, I have to make the costumes if necessary. I also act as the model's hairdresser and makeup artist. Once I have taken the photographs, I'll use it as a tool to help me during the painting process. This order resembles much of my idol, whom I like to think of myself as an incarnation of the infamous Norman Rockwell.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction > General
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5Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
6Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > Asian & Asian American
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Reviews - What do customers think about Coolies?

Asians in America  Jan 30, 2007
My first inclination when I saw the title COOLIES was offensive, but as I read the book, I thought how appropriate the title was. I applaud the publisher and author for reminding us of the truth about the Chinese's struggle for dignity and equal rights. The illustrations are luminous and complimentary to the text. I appreciated the artist's attention to detail all the while capturing the human spirit and struggles of early Chinese life in America. This is a must have book for all libraries to include as part of Asian studies. Asians must owe it to the Chinese (especially the Cantonese) whose sacrifices paved the way for all Asians living comfortably in this country today.
Historic Story of Early Chinese-Americans  Oct 25, 2003
Delightful story of two young boys who leave China and travel to US to earn money to send home. It begins because a grandmother is trying to teach her grandson the importance of honoring their ancestors.

The story is told by the young boys as they take us on the voyage, into the work camps and show us a glimpse of the predujices they faced in America.

It shows of the love the two boys have for each other and how they sacrifice to see to each others needs during this hard time. In spite of what they face, the boys remain optimistic.

The illustrations are beautiful.

Elliott at Ashley River Creative Arts El.  Jan 18, 2002
I think it is a great book that I think everyone should read. It was a great story that had good detail and had awesome illustrations that go really good with the book. I also think that the railroad was a great Place for the two of the characters to work at all through the story.
Richmond from Ashley River Creative Arts El.  Dec 7, 2001
I give this book 5 stars because it has beautiful illustrations. The pictures look life like.
Branden From Ashley River Creative Arts El.charle  Dec 4, 2001
The part I like about Coolies was when they went to put the dynamite on the edge of the cliff. Chris Sentpient is my favorite Illustrator because he writes good book. I gave you 5 stars.

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