My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

By: Nie Jun

Information about Beijing and its traditional neighborhoods. Additional black-and-white pencil sketches. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781512445909

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination
Topics: Graphic novels , Neighborhoods , Grandfathers , Beijing, China

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Awards & Honors

2019 Batchelder Award Honor

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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In the first of four stories in this graphic novel for young readers, Yu’er, who walks with difficulty, has a big dream: to compete in the Special Olympics as a swimmer. Alas, her application to take a swim class is rejected because of her disability. Fear not: Grampa sets up a contraption composed of belts, hooks, and pulleys, dangling Yu’er f In the first of four stories in this graphic novel for young readers, Yu’er, who walks with difficulty, has a big dream: to compete in the Special Olympics as a swimmer. Alas, her application to take a swim class is rejected because of her disability. Fear not: Grampa sets up a contraption composed of belts, hooks, and pulleys, dangling Yu’er from the tree in the communal courtyard of their Beijing home, and teaches her himself. Panels depicting Yu’er’s fantasy of swimming gracefully through clear blue water alternate with those revealing the tough reality of her midair training sessions. The story ends with Yu’er’s dreamscape seeping into the real world as she swims high in the air through the neighborhood for all to admire. Strong beginnings, heartwarming relationships, moments of levity, and magical elements also mark the remaining three vignettes, giving these inventive stories a folkloric quality. The soft earth-toned and fine-lined watercolor panel art seems quiet and contemplative at first glance. However, accompanying this subdued palette are dynamic perspectives and compositions that give each story a lively energy. The book’s original Chinese title, Fairy Tales of Old Streets, hints at the author’s longing for a vanishing lifestyle (communal living in Hutongs, or narrow alleyways, is a rare experience in modern Beijing). But contemporary young readers will easily relate to Yu’er’s longing to be part of a loving community and caring family, and identify with her good humor and grit in facing life’s obstacles. roxanne hsu feldman

Book Details

ISBN

9781512445909

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8" x 10"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level GN240L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

Graphic Universe

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination

Topics

Graphic novels, Neighborhoods, Grandfathers, Beijing, China,

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