Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic!

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean PicnicAuntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic
Ginnie Lo
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.

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About vst3in

I am a writer, avid reader, library techie, birder and runner. I make felt and teach others. I love colors and textures and birds and books. I'm working on a historical novel and reading lots of books for young people. I am running to get stronger, and I sail with my husband. This blog contains thoughts about all these things.
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