Search Results: "Qiao-Mei Li"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TURTLE IS GETTING MARRIED by Qiao-Mei Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A charming tale, but not seaworthy enough to bear the heaping cargo of cultural information it's plainly designed to carry. (strip index) (iPad storybook/informational app. 7-10)"
An original, folkloric tale set in Taiwan and positively festooned with maps, games and nonfiction side articles—but much in need of better translation and proofreading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MEI MEI by Ed Young
Kirkus Star
by Ed Young, illustrated by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"By the close, of course, exhibiting the collusive, boundary-pushing exuberance of young siblings, the girls sweetly ask, 'Can we have another Mei Mei?' (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Young's own daughters, successively adopted as babies in China, inspire this tender celebration of love flowering between sisters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEI FUH by Edith Schaeffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"The cheerful, expressively posed figures in Liu's delicate black-and-white pen drawings evoke an innocent exuberance that will draw both adults and children to this volume, but they may find a more sensitive view of a similar childhood in Jean Fritz's Homesick (1982). (Fiction. 8-11)"
Writing in the third person, Schaeffer recalls, and perhaps embroiders, incidents from her early childhood in China, and her move to the US in 1920. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESS LI / LA PRINCESA LI by Luis Amavisca
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"While it is rare and refreshing to see a lesbian couple appear in a picture book outside the context of motherhood, the love affair between Li and Beatrice isn't likely to extend to their readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This bilingual Spanish/English picture book celebrates an interracial love affair between two women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"The book is useful for multicultural studies, but shines as a warm family story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An outstanding intergenerational tale that captures a slice of life in contemporary China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTRY NIGHT by Li Qiao
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though this version's two halves fit together quite satisfactorily, one misses the epic sweep Li Qiao obviously aims for—and wonders how a full translation of his ambitious original might have differed from what we have here."
Originally written in the late 1970s and published in three volumes, this Herman Wouk-like Taiwanese saga energetically depicts the ordeals of several generations of a Hakka (northern migrant) family, the Pengs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLOWERS FOR MEI-LING by Lorraine Lachs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Poor Mei-ling never quite comes to life."
A sweeping novel about China that offers some impressive settings but frequently loses sight of its heroine, a refugee and former call-girl, in the long march of history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LI JUN AND THE IRON ROAD by Anne Tait
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 28, 2015

"The concept is full of promise, but the product ultimately disappoints. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Since her father left China to work years ago on building a Canadian railroad, then disappeared, teenager Li Jun tries to fulfill a promise made to her dying mother to find him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW by Mei Matsuoka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Matsuoka's stylized illustrations and tongue-in-cheek tale make for a positive tonic in a season distinguished by sweetness. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Wolf decides to rehabilitate all the "nasty, scary, and greedy" storybook wolves with one of his own, he begins the tale of Mr. Nice Wolf, who follows a set of footprints in the snow in the hopes of finding a new friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EATING CHINESE FOOD NAKED by Mei Ng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A coming-of-age story that pushes all the current multicultural buttons—cuisine, custom, and conflict between generations—but never truly comes alive. (Author tour)"
A Chinese-American's ambitious but flat first novel in which recent college graduate Ruby Lee comes home to face the family she fled. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRIXI PUDONG AND THE GREATER WORLD by Audrey Mei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2016

"Despite distracting exposition, this generation-spanning novel brings Chinese life and global history alive."
Mei's debut novel charts the aspirations of a Chinese family against the backdrop of wars and political shifts. Read full book review >