“What’s your favorite animal?” I ask her.
“I don’t know . . . a cat?” She shrugs.
“How can you not know which animal is your favorite? Mine is the baiji.”
“The river dolphin? But the baiji are all gone!” Shu Rui says.
“Maybe, but my grandma says the baiji is the Goddess of the Yangtze. She says the baiji will come to visit at special times, like the Spring Festival. Seeing a baiji brings good fortune.”
“Our teacher said the baiji is indignant.”
“Not indignant, silly, endangered.”
February 22 is the Spring Festival in China. Learn about this celebration and the goddess of the Yangtze in this short story for middle grade readers, The Baiji.
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