We finished another one of those awesome books from Christian’s Sonlight homeschool curriculum last night. It was the award winning The House of Sixty Fathers written by Meindert DeJong and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It was a Newbery Honor book in 1957. We cried through the whole last chapter yet. We just finished reading Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze about a young man living and working in Chungking in the 1930′s. The House of Sixty Fathers happens not too long after that in Hengyang. It is about a young boy and his pig who got caught in impossible circumstances during World War II when the Japanese were continuing their earlier attack of China in 1944. Christian is studying Chinese history, literature, and art right now as part of his year long survey of non-Western cultures, so these books are just perfect. We have not decided yet, but we think we might even rate this book higher than our previous favorite, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. They are very different books, but they are both awesome.