Grandfather Counts by ChengGrandfather Counts by Cheng

Grandfather Counts


Paperback | March 15, 2003

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When Helen's grandfather, Gong Gong, comes from China to live with her family, he's shocked to find that none of his grandchildren speak Chinese. How will he communicate with them? At first he keeps to himself. Then one day he joins Helen to watch the trains. He starts counting the train cars in Chinese, and she repeats the words. Then Helen says the numbers in English. They continue to teach each other, and Helen even learns her Chinese name, which means "flower." In this luminously illustrated intergenerational story, the devotion between a young girl and her grandfather helps them overcome barriers of age and language.
Andrea Cheng was born on September 19, 1957. After receiving a BA in English from Cornell University, she went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French. Upon her return, she received an MS in linguistics from Cornell University. She taugh...
Title:Grandfather CountsFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 15, 2003Publisher:Lee & Low BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1584301589

ISBN - 13:9781584301585

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8


Editorial Reviews

"The book's theme of cultural assimilation is subtly renedered . . . and the illustrations are fittingly textured and tender."