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A Story From: China
Read Time: ["3 to 5mins"]
For Ages: 5 to 7yrs., 8 to 10yrs.

To be allowed back home, 3 brides must find rare and impossible items.
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"The Young Head of the Family" is based on a story of the same name from Chinese Fairy Tales by Adele M. Fielde (G. P. Putnam's Sons: New York, 1893) pp.60-69.

Adapted by Elaine Lindy. ©1998. All rights reserved.


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Adele M. Field, author of "The Young Head of the Family", wrote the following description of a Chinese woman's role at the turn of the 19th century: "A Chinese woman was like a hen in a coop; though she ran ever so fast, she never reached a point from which she could see more than was visible from behind the bars of her prison. The best that could be hoped for, for any girl, was that she might naturally be endowed with such gifts as would give her a commanding position within her husband's house, as was the case with the girl who became the 'young head of the household.'"