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Review of Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma

Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma by Joanna Ho; illus. by Teresa Martinez Primary, Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-06-299454-7    $17.99 “Feet planted on the soil of one nation, eyes gazing at the shores of another,” runs the refrain of this book, which uses one incident...

Review of My Tree

My Tree by Hope Lim; illus. by Il Sung Na Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-8234-4338-3    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5055-8    $11.99 A young boy from Korea moves to America and finds a “tall, crooked, quiet” old plum tree in his new backyard that reminds him of his persimmon tree...

Review of Grandpa Across the Ocean

Grandpa Across the Ocean by Hyewon Yum; illus. by the author Preschool    Abrams    40 pp.    g 4/21    978-1-4197-4225-5    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-312-8    $15.29 A young Korean American boy travels across the ocean to visit his grandfather in South Korea. Everything is strange there. “It smells strange. It sounds strange.” Grandpa...

Review of I Dream of Popo

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne; illus. by Julia Kuo Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g 1/21    978-1-250-24931-9    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-81995-6    $10.99 The protagonist of this emotion-filled story is a little girl in Taiwan who loves her popo, or grandmother. She dreams with Popo, walks with her in...

Review of Wishes

Wishes by Mượn Thị Văn; illus. by Victo Ngai Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-338-30589-0    $18.99 A little girl living in an unsafe place watches her grandfather out the window. “The night wished it was quieter,” reads the text. With a page-turn: “The bag wished it was deeper,” as...

Review of Watercress

Watercress by Andrea Wang; illus. by Jason Chin Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-8234-4624-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5054-1    $11.99 Transcending space and time, memories bring a Chinese American family together. A girl in cutoffs and a T-shirt is embarrassed when her parents stop the car to pick wild watercress...

Review of The Weather's Bet

The Weather’s Bet by Stephen Cowan; illus. by Ed Young Primary    Philomel    32 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-525-51382-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-51383-4    $10.99 “One day a shepherd was fast asleep / upon a hill with her flock of sheep.” The three powers who rule the Earth — Rain, Wind, and Sun...
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