My Chinatown: One Year in PoemsAuthor: Kam MakPublisher: HarperCollinsCategory: Storybooks, Children's Fiction, FamilyBook Format: Paperback
*Starred Review* Gr. 2-6, younger for reading aloud. Extraordinary photo-realistic paintings and spare, free-verse poems bring New York's Chinatown to life in this picture book with appeal to a wide age group. Organised chronologically through the seasons, the poems follow a young boy from Hong Kong through his first year in the U.S. Written in the boy's voice, the words capture the fear and discomfort of adjusting to newness: The English words taste like metal in my mouth. But as the year progresses, the boy feels the irresistible vitality of his new community, helped along by signs of the familiar; and at year's end, he exuberantly celebrates the dragon parade and his new home: Drums beat / feet stamp / hands clap / voices shout / Chinatown, / this is Chinatown! The words and pictures work beautifully together; both glow with a quiet intensity that complements rather than overpowers the other. Whether or not they've known displacement, readers will come away with a deeper interest in Chinatown's culture and in immigration stories in general. Suggest this to teachers doing units on home and place. Gillian Engberg
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