Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family’s Chinese Heritage. Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl’s parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can.
At first, she’s embarrassed. Why can’t her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family’s time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.
Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques.
As a child, Andrea Wang made dumplings and took baths with orange peels to prepare for Chinese New Year. When not traveling, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and a dog named Mochi. This is her first picture book.
Jason Chin is the award-winning author of Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Gravity, and Island: A Story of the Galápagos, which was named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. He is also the illustrator of the acclaimed Water is Water by Miranda Paul. His most recent book Grand Canyon received five starred reviews. Jason lives with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their two children in Burlington, Vermont. jasonchin.net
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