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A Morning with Grandpa Hardcover – April 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—A bright and cheery girl and her grandfather spend a morning teaching each other tai chi and yoga in this sweet, intergenerational picture book. Mei Mei, an adorable girl with pigtails and flair, is curious about the slow dancing that Gong Gong does. She is determined to replicate his actions but instead bursts with energy, creating her own bouncing movements. Mei Mei decides to teach Gong Gong the yoga poses that she learned in school, but his elderly body cannot twist and turn as agilely as hers. In the end, they each assure the other that their movements are "perfect," sending a sweet message that it is the process and the practice that are important. Digitally rendered illustrations place Mei Mei and Gong Gong in a lush backyard garden filled with sunflowers, red maple leaves, and dragonflies. While the background images are repetitive, the focus of the illustrations is on the intergenerational pair. Mei Mei's face expresses a full range of emotions, while Gong Gong's is somewhat one-note. The text is brimming with similes and metaphors describing their movements, and the words follow the actions, with the letters in words such as arched and stretched curving and bending on the page. Descriptions of the movements do not overwhelm the story, and a full set of instructions for the poses, as well as discussions of the practices, are included as back matter. VERDICT This selection stands out from other yoga picture books for its introduction to tai chi and will circulate well in collections where there is an interest in movement, health, and fitness activities.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA
In a charming outing from newcomer Liu, which won the publisher s 2013 New Voices Award, a girl named Mei Mei gets a backyard tai chi lesson from her grandfather. Gong Gong s movements are graceful and calm, but Mei Mei has a more raucous approach: during the Play the Lute pose, Gong Gong is a musician serenading the sunflowers. Mei Mei [is] a rock star playing guitar for the daisies. Then Mei Mei steps into the teaching role, walking Gong Gong through a few yoga poses. Forshay s polished digital art lends both characters distinctive and contrasting personalities. Closing instructions highlight the tai chi and yoga poses discussed, but the book s sweetness stems from the thoughtful gentleness with which Gong Gong guides Mei Mei, never restraining her natural exuberance. --Publishers Weekly
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Top customer reviews
Christina Forshay's pretty and whimsical illustrations perfectly complement the story.
I highly recommend this book for those looking for picture books for #WNDB (We Need Diverse Books) or just a joyous familial story in general.
Not only is the book a wonderful read aloud for young children, it is also a great introduction for any age child into the benefits of tai chi and yoga. And the gentle humor will be enjoyed by everyone who hears the story...the expressions on Mei Mei face are wonderful! A Lee and Low New Voices Award Winner, this book belongs on every child's bookshelf. I can't wait to share it with my granddaughter...and my grandson, who usually refuses to read books that are about girls, is a karate student, so I know he will want to hear about another martial art, tai chi.
I highly recommend this book!!!!
Author of Sweet Dreams, Sarah
Sylvia Liu is the winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award. Coupled with Christina Forshay's amazing artwork, together they have created a masterpiece, A Morning with Grandpa celebrates the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together. Included in the back matter is information for both Yoga and Tai Chi. A fabulous read! Highly recommend!