A 2019 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
For fans of Ed Young and Peter Sis, this breathtaking picture book, from LBYR's first Emerging Artist Award Winner, Jin Xiaojing, is the perfect read for anyone who has lost a loved one.
A young girl has never met her grandpa. He passed away before she was born, but she misses him every day. She often wonders...what did he look like?
Grandma says: His face was shaped like the moon, his mouth was good at telling stories, and his hair was as curly as a bird's nest.
With the help of her grandma and the rest of her loving family, will this young girl be able to imagine her grandpa's face in her mind--and feel the love that he shared with others?
A child wonders about her grandfather, who died before she was born. She asks her grandmother to describe him, and the poetic characterizations that ensue draw lucid parallels between the girl's grandfather and familiar family members: "Your middle uncle, Chang-zi, has your grandpa's eyes," the grandmother says. And corresponding family members reminisce in turn: "Uncle Chang-zi says,/ When your grandpa looked at the world,/ he was quiet and patient like a crocodile./ When he closed his eyes, his imagination sparked.' " In several powerfully intimate moments, the family engages in the special act of collective remembering, recalling how the man interacted with the world. Xiaojing's mixed-media illustrations begin with loose, lively lines depicting the girl and her grandmother, then delve into the abstract a moon in the sky, an arrangement of stars as if launching readers into the protagonist's imagination. A tender and poignant resource for any child reckoning with the absence of a grandparent. Ages 4 8.