Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
Michael loves living in Chinatown. He loves the shops, the alleys and the restaurants. But most of all, he loves the people of Chinatown: the grocers and cooks, the men who sit on the benches outside, the old women who play Mah Jong inside, and his best friend, Grandpa Doc, the old herbalist. One day Michael's mother tells him they are going to move. He is devastated. How can he leave? Chinatown has always been his home. The wise old herbalist promises to bring him back for visits and reminds him that "there is no such thing as far away, not when you carry a place with you." And as Michael adjusts to a new home, he learns that the sights and sounds of his beloved Chinatown are really not so far away after all.
About the authors
Laura Langston is the author of several books for children and adults. Lesia’s Dreamrecently won for the kobzar literary award, Canada’s newest national book award. It wasalso nominated for three other children’s choice awards. Mile-High Apple Pie, her recentpicture book, was nominated for the oLA’s Blue spruce award; The Fox’s Kettle was nominated for a Governor General’s award for Illustration; and Pay Dirt! was nominated for the red cedar and silver Birch awards. A former writer and broadcaster for the CBC, Laura Langston also writes regularly for Canadian Gardening magazine and has authored a book on herb gardening. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit her website at www.lauralangston.com.
Robert Amos has painted thousands of pictures of the urban landscape and specializes in commissioned paintings of homes and gardens. He writes a weekly column, "On Art," published in the Times Colonist, and is the author (and illustrator) of seven books about Victoria, including , Artists in their Studios: Where Art is Born, and Inside Chinatown: Ancient Culture in a New World. Robert has recently been the artist in residence at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and is an Honorary Citizen of Victoria. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1995. Robert lives in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit Robert's website at robertamos.com.
Other titles by Laura Langston
Other titles by Robert Amos
E. J. Hughes: Canadian War Artist
The E. J. Hughes Book of Boats
E. J. Hughes Paints British Columbia
EJ Hughes Paints Vancouver Island
Emily Carr As I Knew Her
The Art Lover
Harold Mortimer Lamb
The Art Lover
Out and About in Victoria's Neighbourhoods
Ancient Culture in a New World
Artists in their Studios
Where Art is Born