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Children's Fiction Asian American

My Day with Gong Gong

by (author) Sennah Yee

illustrated by Elaine Chen

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Category
Asian American, City & Town Life, Multigenerational
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773214290
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $21.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781773214306
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $14.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773214283
    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
    $10.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

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 city and 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.

A glossary at the end of the book features translations of the Chinese words from the story into Chinese characters and English.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the authors

Sennah Yee is from Toronto, Ontario, where she writes poetry, short stories, and film criticism. Her first book, the creative non-fiction collection How Do I Look?, was published by Metatron Press in 2017.

Sennah Yee's profile page

Elaine Chen is an illustrator, painter, and visual storyteller. She enjoys using her own expressions to capture life's little things and moments that cannot be put into words. Currently, she works as an artist at a video game studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Elaine Chen's profile page

Awards

  • Nominated, Blue Spruce Award, OLA
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, Best Books of 2020, CBC
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books List

Editorial Reviews

“An excellent conversation starter and teaching tool for young children growing up in multi-generational families. Highly Recommended.”

CM Reviews, 06/12/20

“Yee captures intergenerational love and understanding.” 

Butler Children’s Literature Center, 06/05/20

“Yee writes the story in simple, accessible language that’s nonetheless musical and fun to say out loud, allowing readers and listeners a chance to explore the sounds and shapes of different words, and the way they fit together like notes in a song.” 

Quill & Quire, 10/15/20

“This is a love story between generations.” 

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 09/09/20

“An uplifting story about how patience and kindness can encourage the coming together of diverse generations and cultures.” 

Canadian Children’s Book News, Fall/20

“Chen’s watercolor and colored pencil illustrations beam with benevolence from the get-go.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 11/20

“Yee writes the story in simple, accessible language that’s nonetheless musical and fun to say out loud, allowing readers and listeners a chance to explore the sounds and shapes of different words, and the way they fit together like notes in a song.” 

Quill & Quire, 10/15/20

“Timely and touching.” 

Hidden World Books, 09/08/20

“The empathetic situation, escalating story/tension, and appealing illustrations combine to capture universal emotions and situations.” 

Unpacking the Power of Picture Books, 09/24/20

“A gentle, resonant portrayal of the way love can overcome language barriers.”

Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 08/19/20

“Through adorable illustrations effused with humor and warmth, this portrait of intergenerational affection is also a tribute to life in Chinatown neighborhoods . . . A multilayered, endearing treasure of a day.” 

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 06/06/20

“Featuring a winsome pair, this is a wonderful, sympathetic story, and the bonus is a small glossary of Cantonese words.” 

School Library Journal, 08/20