'Coolies' by Yin is an historical accounting of the Chinese contribution to the building of the transcontinental railroad in the United States of America in the mid-1800's. Beautifully told through the eyes of Shek and his little brother Wong, the author is able to describe the immense prejudice, (being called Coolies), the grueling and dangerous working conditions, and the poor pay that the Chinese workers were subjected to. Through the realistic illustrations of Chris Soentipiet, we are told the story of the enormous contribution and sacrifice made by many Chinese workmen in the building of a railroad and in the expansion of the United States.
Similar authors: Laurence Yep; Lila Perl; Karen Hesse, Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert; Eve Bunting; Shirin Yim Bridges
Similar books: The Transcontinental Railroad by John Perritano;
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep;
To the Golden Mountain: The Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Lila Perl;
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting;
Papa's Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
Date read: 7/27/2011