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Ming-Li looked up and tried to imagine the sky silent, empty of birds. It was a terrible thought. Her country's leader had called sparrows the enemy of the farmers--they were eating too much grain, he said. He announced a great "Sparrow War" to banish them from China, but Ming-Li did not want to chase the birds away.
As the people of her village gathered with firecrackers and gongs to scatter the sparrows, Ming-Li held her ears and watched in dismay. The birds were falling from the trees, frightened to death! Ming-Li knew she had to do something--even if she couldn't stop the noise. Quietly, she vowed to save as many sparrows as she could, one by one...]]
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
China -- History -- 1949-1976 -- Juvenile fiction.
Sparrows -- Juvenile fiction.
Farm life -- Juvenile fiction.
Food chains (Ecology) -- Juvenile fiction.
China -- History -- 1949-1976 -- Fiction.
Sparrows -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Fiction.
Food chains (Ecology) -- Fiction.