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Conversations with China

Essay Summary:  Kantner and his daughter walk across the tundra. The young girl reveals her astute observations of animals and plants, and Kantner shares how he feels about her burgeoning love for the outdoors.

Discussion Questions:

How is China like her father? (p. 180)

Points to consider:

  • She's growing up learning about the land and animals. Even at a young age she's learning tracks and landmarks. She "adores" being outside.

How is China's perspective "unpolluted?" (p. 183)

Points to consider:

  • She's young and does not carry the ideology, history, or concerns that her father does.

Final Questions:

How is China a "project" for Kantner?

Is this essay more about China and her love for the land or her father?

What does he mean when he says he understands why sows protect their cubs the way they do?

How do you suspect China's upbringing will differ from that of most American children?

What is the value of slowing down and not rushing and viewing the world through a child's eyes?

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