Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

By Ginne Lo; Beth Lo (Illustrator)
(Lee & Low Books, Hardcover, 9781600604423, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2012

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Description
Jin-yi and her little sister love visiting their cousins outside Chicago. At Auntie and Uncle Yang’s house, they have dumpling eating contests, go on adventures in the backyard, and pile into the car for Sunday drives. One weekend, while they’re riding through the cornfields, Auntie Yang spots something she’s never seen before in Illinois. Nestled among the corn is a field of leafy, green plants that look familiar, like one of their favorite foods when they lived in China. Could it be? Maodou—soybeans!

Excited by their discovery, the two families have their very first soybean picnic. Every year, Auntie Yang invites more Chinese American families in the area to share the food and fun, and the picnic keeps growing. Pretty soon, more than two hundred people are gathering together to play games and eat soybeans.

Unique glaze-on-ceramic illustrations lend a quirky charm to this lighthearted intergenerational story. Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic is a delicious and satisfying celebration of family traditions, culture, and community building that will have readers asking for seconds.



About the Author
GINNIE LO and BETH LO are sisters who grew up in the Indiana. Their parents immigrated from China, and Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by their memories of growing up Chinese American, including the traditional foods and stories they loved and a large, close community of family and friends.

Ginnie Lo is a retired computer science professor who taught at the University of Oregon for many years. She enjoys hiking, international folk dancing, playing mahjong, and traveling— especially taking family trips to China. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon.

Beth Lo is an internationally recognized ceramic artist who has earned numerous awards and grants for her artwork, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a United States Artists Hoi Fellowship. She also teaches art at the University of Montana and plays upright and electric bass in two bands. She has one grown son and she and her husband make their home in Missoula, Montana.
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