Sparrow Girl


By Sara Pennypacker

Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

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A young girl's compassion inspires a small but powerful act of heroism during China's “Sparrow War” in this poetic picture book by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sara Pennypacker.
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 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, she held her ears and watched in dismay. Ming-Li knew she had to do something.
Quietly, she vowed to save as many sparrows as she could, one by one…


On Sale
Feb 17, 2009
Page Count
40 pages

Sara Pennypacker

About the Author

Sara Pennypacker is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pax, the Clementine series and its spinoff series, Waylon, and the acclaimed novels Summer of the Gypsy Moths and Here in the Real World. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. She invites you to visit her online at

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