BOOK REVIEW – “BRANDON MAKES JIAO ZI” BY EUGENIA CHU

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When a friend messaged me about reviewing multicultural books for a great diversity program, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. When it comes to adding books to our library, I’ve become selective over the past few years because 1. I have no room for a lot of books. And 2. My kids only enjoy reading a select few over and over again. When, we want to read a new book, we head to our local library to check them out. And if I find that the kids really enjoy it and keep reaching for it, I’ll invest in it then. The majority of the books I’ve been keeping have been bilingual ones- mostly having to do with our own culture, the Hmong. There is a wealth of resource out there now compared to 10 years ago and I am so excited to see this new wave of multicultural books available for people everywhere. So, I was happy to see that I was paired with this author to review her book, Brandon Makes Jiao Zi. It’s great to see more and more children’s books bridging different cultures and languages. And with the huge success of books turned into movies like, Crazy Rich Asians, I’m hopeful that this momentum will keep going.

Eugenia was kind enough to send me a hardback copy of this book for review. As I read through the book first, I was surprised to see both English and Mandarin Chinese woven throughout the book with a glossary of Chinese vocabulary and spelling. This makes it helpful for the reader to familiarize the pronunciation of the words so they can read it correctly for the children. The way it is written would be the way a real conversation would sound like. As I’m reading this to my kids, their eyes light up with familiarity of how they converse with their grandparents. The story is endearing and places an impact on family relations and traditions. The illustrations are simple, but fun and engaging to kids. It is similar to something my son would draw in his writers workshop to tell his stories. Overall, it is a great multicultural book for parents and teachers who are looking to introduce their children to various cultures and languages. If you’re interested, please visit Eugenia Chu’s website to listen to an audio of this story and to order a copy for you or someone dear to you. She also explains on the website that this book was brought about when she was searching for children’s storybooks that touched upon Chinese culture for her son, Brandon. Which is something I’m all too familiar with. Eugenia Chu is inspiring parents such as myself to write stories for my kids as well.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

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  1. Thanks for sharing! We like the book too!

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