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Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)
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Price: $12.95
Product ID : IndPub-EC-EMJ



Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is a story is about is about a little Chinese-American boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆). While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.  

24 pages
8 x 10 inches 

  • Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子), by Eugenia Chu is an illustrated children's story that mixes American and Chinese cultures, bringing not only traditions together, but also the two languages. Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi not only helps two cultures to harmonize through family, but it also can be helpful for family members who are separated over long distances. This story can help children appreciate family, and guide them in creating positive memories themselves. I am so glad I was able to review this outstanding story and I heartily recommend it to families with young children the world over.
  • Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is one of those rare exceptions that incorporates both pinyin, characters (traditional), and a delightful story. The best part is that the pinyin/character elements are woven into the story, so you aren't just either reading in Chinese or English but all together, like you would if both languages are used in the house. This was such a pleasant surprise that I bought a second copy of the book, so I could keep the first to read with my daughter and still give away the second to a little free library.
  • The language is simple and accessible; the characters lovable, and the illustrations excellent. The story creates a cozy atmosphere of love and laughter.
  • I love your book! I was a preschool teacher and I think this books will be a great asset for any school. You book reflects a family preserving their culture. The mix of language is an A+ plus love diversity and the way is expose here. The meaning of the family and children building memories. Priceless!!!
  • Checks all the boxes