Seesaw Girl by Linda Sue ParkSeesaw Girl by Linda Sue Park

Seesaw Girl

byLinda Sue ParkIllustratorMou-sien Tseng, Jean Tseng

Paperback | September 14, 2009

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Jade never ventures beyond the walls of her family's Inner Court; in seventeenth-century Korea, a girl of good family does not leave home until she marries. She is enthralled by her older brother's stories about trips to the market and to the ancestral grave sites in the mountains, about reading and painting, about his conversations with their father about business and politics and adventures only boys can have. Jade accepts her destiny, and yet she is endlessly curious about what lies beyond the walls. A lively story with a vividly realized historical setting, Seesaw Girl" recounts Jade Blossom's daring attempts to enlarge her world. "
Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard and bestseller A Long Walk to Water . She has written several acclaimed picture book texts. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family. Visit her online at and on Twitter @LindaSuePark.
Title:Seesaw GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.27 inPublished:September 14, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547248881

ISBN - 13:9780547248882

Appropriate for ages: 7


Editorial Reviews

In seventeenth-century Korea, a 12-year-old girl becomes aware of the complexities of class and gender differences in this historically enlightening story. Being of good family, Jade Blossom is forbidden to leave home until she marries. But curiosity leads Jade to secretly leave the Inner Court, a brief but eye-opening adventure that reveals heart-wrenching poverty, unexpected beauty, and the knowledge that her home's high walls offer both shelter and imprisonment. However, Jade discovers that creativity and imagination are powerful tools that can provide comfort and internal freedom. In descriptive, engaging prose, the story portrays the culture, traditions, and daily lives of the Korean aristocracy in a time of political and cultural change. Park sympathetically conveys the challenges and joys of becoming an adult, and offers perspective on the many meanings of "privileged." The lovely, delicate illustrations detail traditional clothing, architecture, and decorative arts for visualization and context. An author's note briefly explains Korean history and the lives of aristocratic women in the 1600s. Bibliography.Booklist, ALA"The evocative descriptions and Jade's intensity in creating new ways to learn will capture and hold readers." Kirkus Reviews"Park's novel offers readers a brief but enticing glimpose at another time and place." School Library Journal"A wonderful and exciting book." Children's Book Review Service