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I bought this book because I want to write a children’s book and do all the illustrations. I wanted a book for inspiration to look at. I bought this book because I really liked the story! The illustrations are great too. ❤️
I loved the beautiful Jason Chin illustrations and Andrea Wang’s story. It is written in a way that gives young readers just enough without being too heavy handed. This was a great addition to our fourth grade immigration unit and I know I will enjoy reading it each year to my new class.
I'm always surprised when a children's book can sweep me up into an emotional response. The simple prose and perfect illustrations seamlessly deliver a compelling story of family, home, and perspective. This book will surely prove a timeless classic and would make an absolutely lovely gift to any reading family.
Andrea Wang’s new book, Watercress, is truly beautiful, though a bit serious. At this time, the story means more to me than my children who don’t quite understand the challenges of first generation immigrants. This particular story made me reflect on the vast differences in privilege with each successive generations in our family. As usual, illustrations by Jason Chin are expressive with realistic details that bring the story to life. [Originally reviewed on chalkacademy(dot)com]
What a gorgeous book, jam-packed with emotion. A book that highlights the embarrassment children might feel from being different- whether from a different culture, or a different class than their peers. Ultimately, it circles back to a feeling of family pride.
"I am ashamed of being ashamed"... What a great line and complex emotion for a child to work through.
And, of course, Jason Chin's illustrations are amazing. Two thumbs way up from me!