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Dragonwings

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in Dragonwings and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

"The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury
(from Golden Apples of the Sun, © 1981)
Summary: In this play, set in China 1500 years before Windrider's amazing flight, another man flies.

"Crazy Boys" by Beverly McLoughland
(from Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, © 1994)
Summary: This poem is about the Wright Brothers and their first flight.

"The Skydivers" by Joseph Colin Murphey
(from Quartet: A Magazine of the Arts )
Summary: This poem describes the act of flight.

"The Chinese Must Go" by Bernard A. Weisberger
(from American Heritage, © 1993)
Summary: Xenophobia is the hatred and fear of foreigners. Just as the Chinese experienced the effects of xenophobia, so do immigrants today.

"Ginger for the Heart" by Paul Yee
(from Tales from Gold Mountain, © 1989)
Summary: Nearly all the Chinese immigrants to North America in the early years of the 20th century could tell tales of loved ones left behind. This is one such story.

"The Story of an Eyewitness by Jack London
Summary: London writes a hair-raising description of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Compare his eyewitness report with Yep's fictional account.