Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Recommending Grace Lin
While I am a long time fan of Grace Lin's beautiful picture books, her recent visit to The Blue Bunny (Oct. 17, 2009) prompted me to sit down this week and read her children's novel The Year of the Dog. What a treat for young readers! Written from the point of view of a young Chinese-American girl growing up in New York State, the book perfectly captures the day to day musings of an American childhood with an Asian twist. Partnered by small illustrations throughout the text, the book should appeal to young fans of Judy Moody, Ivy and Bean, and Beverly Cleary's Ramona.
Lin is a treasure, and her latest book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, has just been chosen as Al Roker's Kids' Book Club pick for December.