My Beijing

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Aug 2018

Member Reviews

I thought the concepts and the art were nice, but I found that it lacked narrative and substance. I would recommend it for those looking to diversify their youth collection, but other than that, it wasn't my cup of tea.
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Maybe something was lost in the translation. I don't know...I just really couldn't get into the stories. They are nice enough. Good for grade school kids. The encourage kindness and acceptance and caring, etc... but still- it wasn't enough. I did like the illustrations though! They just seemed wasted on the story, Sorry. But it's just my opinion. I am sure many others will enjoy the stories in this book.
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I can't say that I always 100% understood this book. There were cultural references that didn't completely land. But it's a series of lovely, gentle stories and absolutely beautifully illustrated. Well worth casual enjoyment.
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This graphic novel contains four stories of Yu'er, a young girl who lives with an unnamed disability, and her grandfather, in a small Beijing neighborhood. Yu'er want to swim in the Special Olympics, but she and grandpa need to find a pool for her practice. Another story takes Yu'er and a friend to a place filled with musical insects; in one story, Yu'er learns a story about her grandparents; finally, Yu'er and her grandfather teach a painter a lesson about enjoying life. The watercolor artwork is quiet and soothing, with a storytelling style manga fans will recognize and enjoy. It's a positive look at the relationship between grandchild and grandparent, and the colorful characters in their neighborhood illustrate the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. Display and booktalk with Atinuke's Anna Hisbiscus books, Saadia Faruqi's Meet Yasmin!, and Debbie Michiko Florence's Jasmine Toguchi books for illustrated chapter books that introduce readers to world cultures.
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I was tickled by these whimsical, fantastical stories about the power of wishes and love.
Cheerily illustrated.
A delight.
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Reading this reminded me of Miyazaki films where there is magic that seems like it might be real or the imagination of the children in the story. There are moments of magic in this volume that are endearing and heart warming. The illustrations are done in water color and provide a softness that matches the tone of the story.                                                                         

I want to see these characters again. I think this could be a successful easy readers series too for libraries. It reminds me of Mr. Putter and Tabby with enjoyable characters that you get to know in an episodic fashion. 

Wonderful addition to a children's library collection and endless possibilities for programming opportunities including a multicultural event or art class with watercolors.
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Sweet and cute! Not sure how I would use it in my classroom (4 stories is a funky length, and there isn’t enough text or meat to it for it to be a book group novel or mentor text). I loved the setting of a hutong in Beijing and the grandpa was a great character. The colors in the art were lovely and the stories were whimsical. I liked the play with language (Yu’er’s name etc).
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