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"A sweet story spiced with cultural humor and life lessons." —Kirkus Reviews
"A perennial message." —Publishers Weekly
"Incorporating the Chinese belief that foods have warm and cool characteristics, Giang's story artfully demonstrates how achieving balance results in positive outcomes." —Booklist
Two very different cousins must work together to save the day for Grandma's birthday! A gorgeous glimpse of Asian American culture in a story all kids will love.
Ginger is excitable; she leaps into action, throwing herself headfirst into any project. Chrysanthemum is cooler-headed; she likes to plan, she's organized. She makes lists Yet they are cousins, close as two beans in a pod. Planning Grandma's birthday celebration is going to be a huge challenge. There are presents to buy, decorations to pick, and a special birthday cake to bake.
How they manage it is a testament to affection being stronger than differences.
About the Author
Kristen Mai Giang is a Chinese American author who immigrated from Vietnam when she was 18 months old and grew up in San Gabriel, California, a melting pot of Asian cultures and cuisines, which inspired Grandma's New Asian Kitchen. Ginger and Chrysanthemum, her debut picture book, draws from these memories as well as the antics of her two children and their cousins.
Shirley Chan is secretly an alien from outer space, though she claims to be an illustrator in Brooklyn. Her favorite pastimes are eating snacks and taking naps. Ginger and Chrysanthemum is her debut.