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An Mei's Strange and Wondrous Journey Hardcover – March 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st edition (March 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789424770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789424778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,941,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Set against the backdrop of Flesher's (Lullaby Raft) dreamy pastels this touching picture book was inspired by Molnar-Fenton's own experience adopting a baby girl from China. An Mei, who was left by her mother "on the stone steps of the Wuhan orphanage" finds her way to a loving family in America. In prose filled with lovely images ("Ice drew pictures on the windowpanes, and snow wrapped a blanket around the branches of the bamboo tree"), Molnar-Fenton's inaugural children's book relates the story from the baby's point of view, thus tapping into readers' empathy and effectively communicating An Mei's fear and excitement. The story's delicate, tranquil mood is sustained by Flesher's graceful artwork, whose fluid lines and warm, feather-soft shadings plumb the story's emotional depths. Whether depicting An Mei cradled in her Chinese mother's arms, staying her first night in her new home or planting twin bamboo trees on her sixth birthday, the pastels?and the tale they reflect?clearly come from the heart. A strange and wondrous journey indeed. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) FYI: An afterword explains a bit about adoption in general and the process in China in particular.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?Speaking in the first person, a six-year-old Chinese-born girl tells the story of her adoption by European-American parents. She recalls her birth and her mother's last loving gesture, painting a red dot on her forehead as she leaves her baby on the steps of the Wuhan Orphanage. Lying in her crib there, An Mei meets her adoptive father, "a man with a bushy black beard and skin the color of an oyster shell." They fly across the wide ocean in a plane, and are greeted at the end of their journey by "a woman with eyes as round and gray as pearls." Fearful and distant at first, An Mei settles into her new home and at long last calls the man and woman "Daddy" and "Mommy." An afterword explains, clearly and sensitively, the "special circumstances" that cause Chinese parents to offer their daughters for adoption. The poetic language uses repeating metaphors drawn from nature to mark important milestones in An Mei's physical and emotional journey toward safety, love, and belonging. The deliberately naive paintings, impressionistic and richly colored, are suffused with affection for their subjects and form a perfect counterpoint to the lyrical text. Touching gently and lovingly on deep feelings of abandonment and belonging, this story makes a good offering for any young child, especially one who has made An Mei's wondrous journey.?Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By linda d. rotunno on December 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Even if you do not have an internationally adopted child, but especially if you do, this is a beautiful and wonderfully told adoption tale. The text is both lyrical and telling, and written in a way that celebrates both An Mei's Chinese birth mother and her American adoptive parents. Because it is written in the child's voice, my adopted Korean daughter found it easy to express her feelings about her own adoption story and to find comfort in knowing that other kids have similar questions and feelings.
As important as the text, the illustrations in this book are incrediably beautiful and soothing. They tell the story of abandoment and new-found love in an honest but non-threatening way.
We continue to enjoy this book at home and I have given it as a gift to a number of friends who have Chinese-born daughters.
I highly recommend An Mei's Journey for both children and adults.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
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DO NOT BOTHER to buy this . Every other book that I bought in this area was better.I am an adoptive father and looked forward to finding something in this area by a man, since most of the stuff available seems to be written by mothers. But this book focused almost entirely on the writer-father's imagination of the babby's sensory experiences and the writer's strained imagery. Strangely self absorbed . Strangely unemotional .I returned it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WAYNE JONES on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having adopted 2 daughters from China, this book tells exactly ones thoughts, and what one has to do while in China. It is a warm story, based on a true life experience. This book is a keepsake and is a must for anyone thinking of adopting from china.
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By Persop on September 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A book of love and compassion. Artwork matches the emotions and reactions. Writing has wonderful sensitivity. The approach of a babies' perspective is generous and clever.The highest complement would be the child later stating that is how I want it to be.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KSL on August 16, 2004
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Even enough my daughter is only 19 months, I have started collecting books. Books that includes books on how families are different and yet the same, books on China both fiction and historical and on adoption to name a few. I don't see anything wrong with this book, I like that it is written from a man's point of view.

Those of us who have adopted Children from China have so little information on why our children where left. I think everyone imagines how our daugthers and sons got the spot they where left, so I don't see a problem with someone imagining and creating a fictional story based on some truth. The authors sentences are lyrical and the illustrator has done a nice job as well.
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