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My Day with Gong Gong



by
Sennah Yee
illustrated by
Elaine Chen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Annick Press
Imprint
Annick Press
ISBN
9781773214290
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A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa.

May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are making fun of her! But just when May can’t take any more, Gong Gong surprises her with a gift that reveals he’s been paying more attention than she thought.

With lighthearted, expressive illustrations by Elaine Chen, this charming debut expertly captures life in the cityand shows how small, shared moments of patience and care—and a dumpling or two—can help a child and grandparent bridge the generational and cultural gaps between them.Glossary of Cantonese words in story, with traditional Cantonese characters and phonetic English pronunciations. Full-color illustrations. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

36

Trim Size

10 3/10" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD480L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Grandfathers and granddaughters. Grandparent and child. Chinatown. Neighborhoods. Language barriers. Intergenerational relationships. Families.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-When May is left to stay with her Gong Gong for the day, she is not quite sure what to expect, mostly because Gong Gong doesn't speak much English and May doesn't speak Cantonese. Once the old gentleman wakes up from his nap, it's off to Chinatown. Grandpa happily waves to all his friends in the neighborhood while May is left to wonder what they are saying. They greet street vendors, stop at a gift shop, and eventually end up at a park where they play cards with Gong Gong's friends. But May has had enough! She is hungry and frustrated. Gong Gong comforts her with a toy and a pork bun; they forge a connection despite the language barrier. The lighting in the watercolor illustrations accompany the changing mood of the day; as May and Gong Gong return home, shopkeepers are closing, and the colors turn dusky. They perfectly capture the mood of the characters and the intentions of the story. VERDICT Featuring a winsome pair, this is a wonderful, sympathetic story, and the bonus is a small glossary of Cantonese words. Pair with Sylvia Liu's A Morning with Grandpa.-Martha Rico, Yselta I.S.D., TX?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-When May is left to stay with her Gong Gong for the day, she is not quite sure what to expect, mostly because Gong Gong doesn't speak much English and May doesn't speak Cantonese. Once the old gentleman wakes up from his nap, it's off to Chinatown. Grandpa happily waves to all his friends in the neighborhood while May is left to wonder what they are saying. They greet street vendors, stop at a gift shop, and eventually end up at a park where they play cards with Gong Gong's friends. But May has had enough! She is hungry and frustrated. Gong Gong comforts her with a toy and a pork bun; they forge a connection despite the language barrier. The lighting in the watercolor illustrations accompany the changing mood of the day; as May and Gong Gong return home, shopkeepers are closing, and the colors turn dusky. They perfectly capture the mood of the characters and the intentions of the story. VERDICT Featuring a winsome pair, this is a wonderful, sympathetic story, and the bonus is a small glossary of Cantonese words. Pair with Sylvia Liu's A Morning with Grandpa.-Martha Rico, Yselta I.S.D., TX?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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