- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 550 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (December 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807556424
- ISBN-13: 978-0807556429
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As a child, Andrea Wang made dumplings and took baths with orange peels to prepare for Chinese New Year. When not traveling, she lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and a dog named Mochi. This is her first picture book.
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Andrea's story is a modern interpretation of various snippets of Chinese sayings and proverbs that have been bandied about it in my parents' house, but never fully documented (at least in English). It's so refreshing to see a well-written story in English that captures the heart and exuberance of traditional Chinese culture. I commend Andrea for the fun narrative that explores Shanghai and introduces the reader to classic Chinese foods and ideologies behind why the Chinese eat them (this may explain why you see so many Asians taking pictures of our food ;). Complimented by Alina's beautiful drawing, I am proud to read this to my son and teach him about his heritage every night.
By subtly introducing elements of Chinese culture and food (which is what nearly all Chinese are obsessed with), Andrea is able to paint an immersive picture that captures the "re nao" (aka lively) nature of Chinese tradition. I highly recommend giving this book to any child - or adult - that is curious about Chinese folklore or culture, as it is a wonderful introduction to basic traditions and words that will be useful for the rest of your child's life.