This lively story of a coppersmith's young apprentice--rich in drama and light humor--was awarded the John Newbery Medal in 1932, and has entertained readers ever since. Handsome, authentic drawings by Ed Young enhance this edition, and the background notes provide a contrast between China as it was in the 1920s and as it is today. Contemporary young Americans will enjoy Young Fu's experiences with artisans, bandits, scholars, boatmen, and soldiers, and their understanding and view of China's past and present will deepen.
About the Author
As a young woman, Elizabeth Foreman Lewis was trained in religious education and English literature, and in 1917 she was sent to China by the Methodist Women's Board. There she studied the Chinese language and history, and held various teaching posts. After she returned to the United States, Mrs. Lewis wrote "Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze," her first book. She is the author of several other books for young readers. Mrs. Lewis died in 1958 at the age of sixty-six.
Ed Young was born and raised in China. At the age of twenty he came to the United States, where he studied at the University of Illinois and at the Art Center College in Los Angeles. Mr. Young has won many honors and awards for his illustrations, including the Caldecott Medal for "Lon Po Po" and Caldecott Honors for "Seven Blind Mice" and "The Emperor and the Kite." He has illustrated many other notable books for children, including "Cat and Rat" and "Birches."
“It is a story full of adventure that I believe you will enjoy as much as I did. Young Fu won the Newbery Medal, not only because it was historically and culturally accurate, but because it was and is a really good read.”—Katherine Paterson, Newbery Award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved