Books by Lin Wang

THE CRANE GIRL by Curtis Manley
Kirkus Star
adapted by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lin Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"More from this team would be a welcome addition to folk-tale collections. (pronunciation guide, author's notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-10)"
A popular Japanese folk tale in which a crane pays back an obligation by becoming human is retold with an unusual ending and with haiku-sprinkled prose. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE YOU by Marla Stewart Konrad
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

This view of babies in different parts of the world and the ways in which their mothers love them and care for them offers a thoughtful, soothing text and warmly rendered illustrations full of culturally specific details. Each spread shows a newborn infant with its mother, with a comforting, repeated refrain describing each mother counting her baby's fingers and toes, whispering to the child and singing a lullaby. The following text about each baby gives more information about that child's family, home and environment and concludes with a repeated phrase counting each child by name as "a beautiful baby…just like you." Wang's design and soft-focus illustrations offer a montage of scenes specific to each infant, with a connecting device of sparkling stars in both text and art linking all the babies together. The concluding spread describes God's connection to all these babies and ends with the same mother and baby pair that began the story. This reassuring and quietly powerful book reminds readers in a gentle way that they have much in common with other children around the world. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 3-5) Read full book review >
SHINING STAR by Paula Yoo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2009

The first Chinese-American movie star grew up in Los Angeles's Chinatown, working in her family's laundry, going to the movies every chance she got and even skipping school to watch the action on a local movie set. She went from an extra to a star, even though the roles she was given were often stereotypical, from "china doll" to "dragon lady." When she visited China for the first time, after her parents had retired there, she vowed to fight the stereotypes. Wang's watercolor-and-acrylic pictures are sometimes quite lovely set pieces, like a graceful adult Anna May with floral hat and tea cup, but are too often static tableaux in which the figures seem unrelated to one another and to the space they occupy. Yoo's earnest text illuminates the actress's life and times (she made more than 50 films before her death in 1961), but without much energy or engagement. The author's note does not clarify whether the quoted dialogue is invented or actual. (sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)Read full book review >
THREE NAMES OF ME by Mary Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Ada has three names. Her parents call her Ada, but that's not the only name she's been called. First, her birth mother whispered a name, one that Ada doesn't know how to say; in the Chinese orphanage, the nurses called her Wang Bin, which means gentle and refined princess; and then, when her adoptive parents came to China to pick up Wang Bin, they named her Ada. In Chinese, ai da means, "love arrived." That is to say that Ada is loved by her new parents. This sweet tale of international adoption pulls no punches when Ada considers questions about adoption. Why did Ada's birth parents leave her at the orphanage? Why do people stare at Ada when she is out with her parents? Lovely watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations place Ada at the center of the story and each double-paged spread, allowing the reader to connect with her. Unnecessary scrapbook pages follow the tender main story. An insightful story for adopted children and their friends who want to know more about international adoption. (Fiction. 6-10)Read full book review >