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Crouching tiger

by Compestine, Ying Chang.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 12 of 13 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB COMPESTINE Ying
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Summary
A Chinese-American boy gains a new understanding of his Chinese grandfather in this celebratory story of family, martial arts, and the Chinese New Year.Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi's meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can't understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool - and is ready to start learning from his grandpa's martial-arts mastery in earnest.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "To his surprise, Vinson learns that his visiting Chinese grandfather's slow dance is a martial art called tai chi. He finds the meditative discipline frustrating not a real kung fu until he sees his grandfather prevent an accident with a strong, accurate kick. At the Chinese New Year celebration, Vinson observes the respect others have for his grandfather, who assigns him the coveted role of cabbage boy for the lion dancers. Both Vinson's desire to hit something and his gradual shift in attitude toward his grandfather and tai chi ring true. Loosely knitted together, the tai chi and Chinese New Year story elements make this a longish picture book. Text appears on left pages, accompanied by small sketches of tai chi stances. Uncluttered watercolor-and-ink illustrations portray the biracial family on facing pages, occasionally spilling back for busy celebration scenes. An appended author's note provides additional cultural information. An attraction for martial arts fans, this is also ideal for Chinese New Year and multicultural units.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Nascimbene's (First Grade Jitters) delicately drafted ink-and-watercolor artwork distinguishes this child-of-immigrants tale about Ming Da, who scorns his Chinese grandfather until Grandpa's perfectly timed martial arts kick saves a stranger from injury. That gets Ming Da's attention; he agrees to let Grandpa teach him tai chi, and when the New Year comes, the lion dance parade offers him a chance to show off his hard work to all of Chinatown. Compestine (The Runaway Wok) excels at portraying Ming Da's embarrassment ("I jammed my headphones into my ears to avoid talking to Grandpa"), though more sentimental moments may put off jaded older readers (" ┬┐Could you teach me, please?' I asked in a low voice"). The beauty Nascimbene discovers in Ming Da's suburban world-the leaves that fall around Ming Da as he practices, parade-goers scattered like confetti, the stars that accompany Ming Da and Grandpa on the way home-echoes the beauty Ming Da eventually finds in Grandpa's tai chi poses. Readers will warm to the duo's growing friendship and the gifts that come as Ming Da allows himself to enter Grandpa's world. Ages 6-10. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandfathers -- Fiction.
Chinese -- United States -- Fiction.
Chinese Americans -- Fiction.
Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Mass. :Candlewick Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Nascimbene, Yan.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN 9780763646424
0763646423
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