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Children's Fiction Asian American

Roses Sing on New Snow

by (author) Paul Yee

illustrated by Harvey Chan

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 1994
Asian American, Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Cooking & Food
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 1994
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


The truth is out as Maylin demonstrates when her fabulous cooking wins the day and not even the governor of South China can make a perfect copy of her dish.

About the authors

Paul Yee is one of Canada's finest writers for children. He was raised in Vancouver and has worked in the archives at the Vancouver Museum. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature for Ghost Train. He now lives in Toronto.
Ghost Trainbr>    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award 1996br>    Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award 1997br>    Finalist for the Toronto IODE Book Award 1997
The Bone Collector's Sonbr>    Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award 2004br>    Finalist for the Rocky Mountain Book Award 2006br>    Finalist for the Stellar Book Award (BC Teen Readers' Choice Award) 2005-6br>    Chosen as Best of 2004, Resource
Bamboobr>    Finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award 2007 (BC Readers' Choice Award)br>    Chosen as Best of 2006, Resource Links
The Jade Necklacebr>    Finalist for the Mr. Christie's Book Award 2002

Paul Yee's profile page

Harvey Chan immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a teenager. He has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award three times - with Paul Yee for Roses Sing on New Snow and Ghost Train, and with Celia Barker Lottridge for Music for the Tsar of the Sea by Celia Barker Lottridge. Harvey is currently living in Hong Kong.

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  • Winner, Ruth Schwartz Award

Editorial Reviews

Delectable from beginning to end, this feminist story, set in the late nineteenth century in a generic, nonspecific New World Chinatown, is delicately told and illustrated. The pictures, full of drama and movement, are equally strong in establishing a setting and depicting the characters in the story.

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