Synopsis from Lee & Low Books:
Mei Mei’s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses?
Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, A Morning with Grandpa celebrates, with lively spirit and humor, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together. Readers of all ages will want to try out some tai chi and yoga too!
About: A Morning with Grandpa is a children’s picture book written by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay. It was published on 5/1/2016 by Lee & Low Books, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, family, fiction, and multigenerational. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 8 and grades P to 3. Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in USA. Their mission is “to publish contemporary diverse stories that all children could enjoy”. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading A Morning with Grandpa on 4/30/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 5/13/17. This book is too cute! I love the illustrations! I love the quality time between Mei Mei and her grandfather. They bond through two forms of exercises. I love their easy going personalities and their fun times together. My son enjoys Mei Mei’s fun sides.
In this book, readers will follow Grandpa (aka Gong Gong) as he teaches Mei Mei how to do Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art and exercise. Grandpa demonstrates different types of styles and Mei Mei struggles to follow. She has fun making mistakes and her grandpa is very patience with his teachings and explanations. Once Mei Mei believes she got a handle on tai chi, she takes turns to teach her grandpa how to do Yoga, an Indian form of meditation and exercise. The same goes with Mei Mei as she practices calm and patience when teaching her grandpa the different yoga postures as he struggles to stand on one leg like a tree.
This book is great for kids! It introduces an activity to do with grandpa. Kids likes to be active and exercise is a great way to get them moving. I love that this book introduces two different types of exercises where both has the common of helping a person to become flexible. At the back of the book, there is a summary on what Tai Chi is all about and 4 common styles that readers can start practicing. There is also a summary of Yoga and 4 common postures (aka asanas) readers can start practicing as well. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Reading this book makes me want to get up and “play the lute” too! 🙂
Pro: family quality time, illustrations, exercise, patience, practice, learning, physical movements,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Sylvia Liu was inspired to write this story by the playful and loving relationship between her children and their Gong Gong. Before devoting herself to writing and illustrating children’s books, she worked as an environmental lawyer at the US Department of Justice and the nonprofit group Oceana. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and their two daughters. This is Sylvia’s debut picture book. (Photo & info obtained from Lee & Low website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Lee & Low Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.