Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

Posted March 13, 2011 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This book was actually not one I had intended to read. Don’t think it was even on my to read list. It was just a stripped cover book I’d picked up at the store to put on the bookshelf in my classroom for my students to read. Well, last week at school, I didn’t bring my book to school with me, feeling I had too much else to do during my lunch than just sit and read while I ate. But of course, I’m so stressed by lunch with the 8th grade schedule, that I just need to sit and do nothing during that time. Well, not nothing, I need to read. So I had to pick one of my own books off my shelf. I decided to pick up Bound by Donna Jo Napoli.

I guess I’d not really ever read what the book was about. I just assumed it was about life in China when they made the womem have their feet bound. And yes, this was a major part of the story. But really, this was a Cinderella story.

Xing Xing lives with her stepmother and her half sister Wei Ping. Wei Ping has had her feet bound, but really later than it should be. So because of that her feet are already too big to be dainty. Xing Xing is basically treated like a servant. And so must find ways to be happy.

I love the way it goes into the traditions with their ancestors and the dead relatives. I also love the poetry and the animals as symbols that were included in the story. It was a very unique story, andone I will definitely be promoting when possible.
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