Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates

Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates

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2020 Storytelling World Resource Award Honoree

Inspired by the 1863 Egg War and the mad rush for murre eggs on the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates is a high-seas adventure story celebrating the courage and history of Chinese immigrants in America through a fascinating yet little-known event during the California Gold Rush era.

Yao Bai is finally old enough to sail with his father and uncle to the Farallon Islands, to gather the precious eggs seabirds lay there. But on their way home they encounter trouble on the sea-pirates! Just when Yao's father and uncle believe their hard day's work would all be gone, Yao comes up with a clever plan. But will it be enough to save all the eggs?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 10.16mm | 340g
  • Portland, United States
  • English
  • Full color illustrations throughout
  • 1513261444
  • 9781513261447

Review quote

"Myers tells an enjoyable folklike tale that weaves in some aspects of the life and culture of Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush, including racism emanating from the white pirates." * Kirkus * "Sailing around the San Francisco Bay harvesting seabird eggs, Yao Bai just wants to spot a whale. But the arrival of competitors turns the peaceful trip into a fight for survival. Inspired by the natural wonders of the Farallon Islands and true tales of pirates, miners, and explorers, Yao's story is rich in history, culture, and legend, set in the heart of the Chinese immigrant community amid the craze of the California gold rush." * Foreword * "You've written the kind of story that will delight (and enlighten) 4th graders and their teachers." * Connie Yu, historian, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (San Jose), Chinese Historical Society of America (Board Member Emeritus) *
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About Tim J. Myers

Tim J. Myers is a writer, teacher, and storyteller. He is the author of numerous children's books, including Basho and the Fox, which made the New York Times best-seller list for children's books and was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as a notable book. Myers lives in Santa Clara, California, where he also lectures at Santa Clara University. Bonnie Pang is an award-winning illustrator and comic artist from Hong Kong. She holds a degree in Geography from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master's in Fine Arts from the Academy of Arts University. Bonnie loves drawing animals and spreading positive vibes through her art, and can be found playing with her dog, cooking new dishes, and taking walks in nature.
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3 50% (5)
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