When we're reading Red
Scarf Girl, we feel like we're right there with Ji-li. (Not that
we'd want to go through what she did.) We can almost see the propaganda wall or
her school littered with da-zi-bao. Why? Because Ji-li uses a descriptive and
vivid writing style to explain everything.
You don't have to look further than the first page to see
what we mean. She says:
Mao, our beloved leader, smiled down at us from his place above the blackboard.
The sounds and smells of the tantalizing May afternoon drifted in through the
window. The sweet breeze carried the scent of new leaves and tender young grass
and rippled the paper slogan below Chairman Mao's picture: STUDY HARD AND
ADVANCE EVERY DAY. (1.1)
Let's do a recap:
What is she looking at? A Chairman Mao poster.
What does she hear? May afternoon breeze and sounds.
What does she smell? New leaves.
What does she feel? Pride.
Reading the book is like going through a sensory checklist,
and Ji-li hits them all. She offers such vivid details about what's going down
so readers get to experience life along with her, blasting back to China in the