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A Gift
ISBN: 9781590786109
Author: Chen, Yong/ Chen, Yong (ILT)
Publisher: Boyds Mills Pr
Published: September 2009
Retail: $16.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Amy receives a gift for the Chinese New Year from her aunt and uncles who live far away in China, a gift that expresses their love and their wish to keep the family together.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 8.75" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Growing Up, Geography, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
During Chinese New Year, a woman and her daughter receive a letter from their family in China. With it comes a gift: a dragon carved by one uncle from a stone found by another uncle strung on a cord by an aunt and sent across the world for their niece. An author's note extends this slim but heartfelt story illustrated with atmospheric watercolors. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 October)

K-Gr 2—This simple story begins with a young Chinese-American girl, Amy, receiving a gift from her mother's sister, who lives in China. As her family prepares to celebrate Chinese New Year, a package arrives for Amy. It is a beautiful necklace made from a green stone her uncle found while plowing his fields. He took it to a carver who saw a dragon hidden inside and brought it out. The dragon was strung on a traditional red cord and sent to Amy on the other side of the world. Chen's text is spare but, combined with her luscious watercolors, evokes a vivid portrait of rural Chinese culture. Children will find much to notice and discuss in the illustrations, both in the pictures of Amy's home (with a tabletop orange tree in a pot, a Buddha statue in the garden, red gift envelopes on the table) and those of China (a water buffalo pulling a hand plow, Chinese boats, colorful paper lanterns, people walking with parasols to protect them from the sun). This is an uncomplicated introduction to the holiday and a lovely addition to most collections.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME

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