today I would like share with you a wonderful website:http://www.bamboopeople.org/

Bamboo People is the title of Mitali Perkins latest book, which will be officially released on July 1st. The story takes place in Burma, also known as Union of Myanmar; it features two male protagonists, Chiki and Tu Reh.

Here’s a description from Mitali’s website:
“Chiko isn’t a fighter by nature. He’s a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family’s home and bamboo fields.”

This is one of those times where setting up a website for a book totally made sense for me. I believe you will understand once you visit Bamboo People’s pages. In an intimate account, Mitali shared what inspired her to write that story. She also raises awareness about the situation in Burma, inspires with ways to make a difference and provides a discussion guide. My favorite part is in the “Teach the Book” section, and is titled “Kids from Burma Speak.”

I hope you check it out. 🙂



Note: The book is published by Charlesbridge Publishing.

6 thoughts on “Bamboo People, Burmese Kids & a Cool Website

  1. I just got my copy of Bamboo People and can’t wait to start reading it. I’ve been interested in the situation in Burma, in 2006 attended a talk at Albany Medical Center by a former activist and political prisoner from the Karen people (the people from the region that borders the Karenni), and last year met another activist who now lives in Massachusetts at the Human Rights Awareness Day at Manhattanville College. Amnesty International’s current campaign focuses on Burma as well.

    The web site is impressive and a must-see for teachers, grades 4-8.


    1. Hi Lyn,

      thank you for the information you shared. I went to amnesty international website as a result.
      I first heard about the situation in Burma during my first year in college, thanks to other students. Since then I remain informed, but admit to a feeling of hopelessness…


  2. My husband’s family have ancestral ties to Burma and we often heard of the hardships they faced while trying to flee there during the Second World War. It’s so sad that becoming a soldier is a means to an end. I look forward to reading this book!


  3. I just check out the site, its very nice. There’s a lot of great information. I am loving the Bamboo back drop. The Pete Seeger song reminded me of the show The Wonder Years, though I am pretty sure that’s not what the author had in mind.

    I am really looking forward to reading this one.


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