Watercress

by Andrea Wang (Author) Jason Chin (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

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. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!


Kirkus

Starred Review
Wang's moving poetry paired with--and precisely laid out on--Chin's masterfully detailed illustrations capture both an authentic Midwestern American landscape and a very Chinese American family, together infusing a single event with multiple layers laden with emotion, memory, and significance. Understated, deep, and heart-rending--bring tissues.

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Andrea Wang
Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin, which Kirkus called "Understated, deep, and heart rending" in a starred review. She is also the author of The Nian Monster and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando as well as the forthcoming middle-grade novel, The Many Meanings of Meilan. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family.

Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Not Little, written by Maya Myers (Neal Porter Books, 2021). Other books include This Is Our House, The Twins' Blanket, There Are No Scary Wolves, and Last Night. Her book Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780823446247
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
March 20, 2021
Series
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Junior Library Guild Gold Standard
Selection
Caldecott Medal
Winner 2022
Newbery Medal
Honor Book 2022
Asian/Pacific American Award
Winner 2022
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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