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Watercress Hardcover – Picture Book, March 30 2021

4.7 4.7 out of 5 stars 327 ratings

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watercress: caldecott medal winner newbery honor book APALA award winner

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painting of cornfield with cornfield

"An adept gem of a picture book"

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

With gorgeous, nostalgic art that incorporates Chinese brush techniques and stretches from the cornfields of the American midwest to the bamboo forests of China, Watercress is a vivid exploration of memories both beautiful and painful, of the stories we pass on to our children, and the ones we can't bear to tell.

"An understated, visually stunning exploration of memory and family history."

—The Boston Globe

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"Wang's multilayered, poetic text allows anger, guilt and grief to coexist with love and hope. Chin's captivating watercolor art, executed with a mix of Chinese and Western techniques, combines meticulous, gut-wrenching realism with dreamlike panoramas."—The New York Times

"Children often don’t understand why their parents act as they do; parents often forget to explain.
Watercress reminds us of the importance of filling in those gaps."—The Wall Street Journal

"An understated, visually stunning exploration of memory and family history."
—The Boston Globe

★ "An adept gem of a picture book"
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "Understated, deep, and heart-rending—bring tissues."Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "Simple text and beautiful illustrations pack a strong emotional punch . . . A powerful story sure to awaken empathy and ­curiosity"
School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ "this quietly affecting book encourages honesty, communication, and sharing of family history."—
The Horn Book, Starred Review

★ "
Watercress is a delicate and deeply felt exploration of memory, trauma and family."BookPage, Starred Review

★ "It’s a deft exploration of the information and emotion gap between parents, especially immigrant parents, and children, and it may give space for kids to learn more about their own family history and customs . . ."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

★ "Through powerful poetry and exquisite illustrations, the daughter of immigrants relates an emotional childhood memory that opened the door to her Chinese roots."—
Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

"The story reveals the chasms that can separate first-generation immigrant parents from their Americanized children and how confronting past traumas from another country and time can bring a family closer together. Chin’s illustrations masterfully bring to life the vast cornfields and colors of rural America."

About the Author

Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of The Nian Monster and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando. She was inspired to write Watercress by her experience growing up in rural Ohio as a child of Chinese immigrants. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family.

Jason Chin is a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books. His book
Grand Canyon was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. He is the author and illustrator of Your Place in the Universe, which Kirkus called "A stimulating outing to the furthest reaches of our knowledge", as well as other acclaimed nonfiction titles--Coral Reefs, Redwoods, Gravity, and Island: A Story of the Galapagos-- which have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades. He is also the illustrator of Stephanie Parsley Ledyard's debut title Pie Is for Sharing and Miranda Paul's Water is Water and Nine Months: Before a Baby is Born, the latter, a Boston Horn Globe Honor Book. He lives in Vermont with his wife and children.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Neal Porter Books (March 30 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0823446247
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0823446247
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 431 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 28.96 x 1.02 x 22.86 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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