My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic
illustrated by Beth Lo
What a delight to see this offering from Ginnie and Beth Lo, who also brought us the delightful MahJong All Day Long. A picture of Chinese family culture in America, this is the story of Chinese students come to America to go to college, forced to stay because of the war in China. It tells of families who make an effort to stay close to one another so that their children can grow up close. Illustrated in loose watercolors with heavy strokes and lots of white, each circular images is actually rendered on a plate, and these become the facing pages to offset the text. One by one, they tell the story of Auntie finding her beloved soybeans on a drive in the country! Tradition and new experiences mingle in this simple family story, and give us a picture of how people from a different culture can preserve their identity and celebrate their culture in America.