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5.0 out of 5 starsAn Amazing Children's Book, What Childhood Reading Should Be
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2015
I remember reading this as a child, before that my mother read it to me (I'm 30). This book is amazing, from the illustrations to the story itself. They story is rather dramatic, yet realistic. It's far more complex than most children's books today that have been heavily sanitized and are now designed to do the thinking for you. It's a real book. I happened to marry a Chinese man and my son calls his grandmother NaiNai so I love that the girls in this book have a NaiNai and not just some generic Granny. My son is only 2.5 but he really likes this book and I certainly don't mind reading it over and over to him. If there's only one downside to this book it's that there are so few like it left today.
I bought this used, since I believe the book is no longer in print. But it's such a gorgeous book, and was a part of my childhood. The best part? The used copy I received is autographed by both Amy Tan AND Gretchen Schields!
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is beautiful book to read with your kids as it's a ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2016
The art is absolutely exquisite and the storytelling is lovely. This is beautiful book to read with your kids as it's a story about family steeped in Chinese culture that's wonderfully accessible to children. The writing is for middle-grade to early young adult level readers, but I honestly believe that if it's something you share with your children, it'll make it a more meaningful and engaging experience. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars... not seeing it I was struck again by how beautiful the complex
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
Flipping through this book after years of not seeing it I was struck again by how beautiful the complex, colorfull pictures are. As the illustrator of this enchanting tale by Amy Tan I see here some of my best artwork that reflects the love I had making making it. I invite you to share Amy’s and my happiness in creating this marvelous childres’s picture book.
The author presents glimpses of the Chinese (and Chinese-American) mind-set and ways of dealing with the eternal problem of being an almost "Stranger in a Strange Land," without malice to either culture. Each of her books is MUST_READ for anyone who wants a REAL view of the life (or lives) of real people! Neither totally tragic nor comic, her books all show life as it is lived. I frequently wonder how much is her own experience.