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Lin Foo & Lin Ching A Boy and Girl of China
Lin Foo Lin Ching A Boy and Girl of China Author:Phyllis Ayer Sowers Can you imagine a little girl, old enough to wash clothes in a dangerously swift river, thinking that a nice cake of soap was a piece of candy? That is what Ching thought when she took her first real bath - but that did not happen until long after she and her brother Foo ran away. It takes a good deal of courage to run away, but when you are ver... more »y unhappy and very hungry and cannot see how things can ever be any better, there is not much else to do. That is what Foo and Ching decided after Ching nearly drowned in the river.
After the death of their father, Ching and Foo lived with a poor woman in a mud hut, and she often beat them because they did not do enough work. They made up their minds not to live with the old woman any longer. When it was dark, and everyone was asleep, they stole aboard a boat lying in the river. On this they sailed to what seemed to them a very big town. Here the children had a most exciting adventure and from then on their lives were very different.
If you are a girl, you can be very glad that you don't live in China. Girls are not wanted, and they are often given such strange names as Trouble and Worthless. Boys, however, are very much wanted, and they are given names like Crimson Cloud, Valuable Nut Tree, and Most Precious. Nearly everything about Chinese life is different from ours, as you will find out when you read this story.« less