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CriticasK-Gr 2-Lau Carling's reminiscences of her Guatemalan childhood vibrate with color, community, and love of family. The author's foreword explains that her parents emigrated from China at the outset of World War II to escape the Japanese invasion. They settled in Guatemala City along with many other Chinese immigrants, opened a dry goods store, and raised a family. The family coexists happily within the Guatemalan community, tending to their customers' cultural needs while preserving their own. The text does a wonderful job of melding the two cultures. Lau Carling's memories of a carefree childhood centered around the family store are portrayed vibrantly through the watercolor illustrations, which depict making shadow puppets behind the store counter, sliding down a tin roof, playing on the patio, talking to the customers, and enjoying a big family dinner. A unique title recommended for all collections.
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