Reading level: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 30, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN: 0807569224 , 978-0807569221

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Behind the Story
The Red Thread



Grace at a Families with Children with China event

The Red Thread is a fairytale with a Chinese adoption theme. Grace noticed that many Chinese adoption groups had taken the legend of the red thread (a belief that people destined to be together are joined by an invisible red thread) which was originally for marriages and reinterpreted it for adoption and thought that was fascinating and wonderful. She has always been interested on how myths are and can be transformed over time. She feels that it makes these beliefs more real, more "living" somehow. So, Grace took their interpretation of the red thread and made it into this fairy tale.

However, Grace now realizes that this book was ill-conceived and not well-thought out. There are concerns that The Red Thread "glosses" over the truths of adoptions, painting an unrealistic picture of families torn apart as well as brought together. Also, in this book, Grace admits she created her own childhood desire of an Asian girl being a princess in European fairytale without reflection, a true contradiction to many of her books that deal with identity. Grace is very sorry for the insensitivities.

Grace is grateful to those who do enjoy the book as she knows they are interpreting the book with her original surface intention-- a fanciful story for children. However, she truly apologizes for impact of the book and for failing to take the proper consideration before creating it.

She hopes that the books she has created after this one shows that she is trying harder!