My Mei Mei
My Mei Mei
Philomel, Hardcover, 9780399243394, 40pp.
Publication Date: February 16, 2006
More than anything else in the world, Antonia wants a Mei Mei, little sister, to call her own. But when she and her mother and father fly all the way to China to get her little sister and Antonia finally meets her, she is not at all like Antonia imagined her: She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She just cries and steals attention. But is her Mei Mei all that bad? This charming personal story from Ed Young follows a little girl as she learns what being a big sister is all about, and discovers the real meaning of family.
Caldecott medalist Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai. He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as an inspiration for much of his work. "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words," he explains; "they are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe." Mr. Young has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has won many awards. He received the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book "Lon Po Po," and his much-lauded collaboration with anthologist Nancy Larrick, "Cats Are Cats," was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1988 by "The New York Times." Mr. Young studied at the University of Illinois, the Art Center of Los Angeles, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He and his family live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
"A tender celebration of love." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Satisfying.”—Horn Book, starred review
“Irresistibly beautiful and filled with feeling.”—School Library Journal, starred review