Books by Shirin Yim Bridges

CALL ME IXCHEL by Janie Havemeyer
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A miss. (cast of characters, glossary, photographs) (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Think that having "god friends" would be supercool? Think that the key to success is skill with hairdos or marrying a cute sun god? Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2013

"Understated and sunny itself, this picture book subtly prescribes behavior appropriate for situations dire and everyday. So, um, well, will you give it a read...please? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mary Wrightly's so soft-spoken and well-mannered she sometimes gets overlooked, but when her polite passivity almost allows the perfect birthday gift for her baby brother to slip away, she pipes up. Read full book review >
THE UMBRELLA QUEEN by Shirin Yim Bridges
Released: June 1, 2008

On New Year's Day in Noot's Thai village, the woman who paints the most beautiful umbrella is crowned Umbrella Queen and leads a parade. More than anything else, little Noot wants to paint umbrellas and begs her mother for the chance. Noot does well, but instead of the traditional flower and butterfly designs, Noot paints frolicking elephants. She is scolded since these cannot be sold, but in her spare time she paints elephants on tiny umbrellas that she places on her windowsill. When New Year's Day arrives, the king studies the umbrellas on display, but Noot's tiny umbrellas catch his eye. "I like elephants," she explains simply. Charmed, he pronounces Noot the Umbrella Queen. Yoo's delicate linoleum print-and-pencil illustrations, with their limited palette of mustard, brick, green and blue, have an entirely distinctive feel, investing Noot and her village with warmth and energy. While a note on the art of umbrella-painting would have been a welcome addition, this tale of a budding artist is a special treat. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
RUBY’S WISH by Shirin Yim Bridges
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In her debut effort, Bridges tells the story of her grandmother's unique place in Chinese history. Even in a wealthy household, being a young girl in China meant that education was something of a dream, but luckily Ruby's grandfather had a special place in his heart for his hard-working and talented granddaughter. Making his fortune in the California Gold Rush, one man returned to China to start a household full of wives and children and soon grandchildren. Even when the people in the household numbered over 100, it was easy to spot little Ruby in the group. Red was her favorite color and even when she was instructed to wear more traditionally colored clothing, Ruby insisted in twisting red ribbons into her dark hair. An enlightened man, the grandfather offered education to both boys and girls of the household and Ruby thrived. However, a poem that she wrote convinced her grandfather that perhaps he was not being completely equitable with his progeny. On what she believed to be her last New Year's Day as an unmarried woman, her grandfather presented her with a letter saying that she had received admission as one of the first women at a university. Softly colored, Asian-inspired gouache illustrations accompany this tale of one little girl's dream to become more than was traditionally possible. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >