Paper Son

In 1919 nine-year-old Tyrus Wong assumes the identity of a merchant’s son for his father to smuggle him into the U.S. from China. In America Tyrus studies art and works for Disney Studios where he develops a unique method to animate the movie Bambi. Tyrus does not receive credit for this innovation and is ultimately fired after a strike, but he perseveres and continues with art throughout his life. This picture book would be suitable as a read-aloud to explore immigration policies, multiculturalism, class struggles, perseverance, talent, and opportunities. Older students could explore the treatment of Chinese immigrants in Canada, including the head tax on railway workers.
Leung, J.
Primary Identifier
English Language Arts