My Friend Mei Jing
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My Friend Mei Jing

by Anna McQuinn, Gareth Williams, Irvin Cheung
     
 

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Ever since Mei Jing came to Monifa’s school they’ve been best friends. They’re both artistic and like to create wild designs together. They love to play at each other’s houses; at Monifa’s, they make a tent out of her mother’s African blanket, and at Mei Jing’s, they play with her new puppy and dream of having a veterinary

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Ever since Mei Jing came to Monifa’s school they’ve been best friends. They’re both artistic and like to create wild designs together. They love to play at each other’s houses; at Monifa’s, they make a tent out of her mother’s African blanket, and at Mei Jing’s, they play with her new puppy and dream of having a veterinary clinic when they grow up. On one visit to Mei Jing’s, Monifa notices that Mei Jing’s grandma spends a lot of time there. She speaks Chinese and calls her granddaughter Mui Mui. Mei Jing’s father even shows Monifa how to use chopsticks and Monifa tries food she’s never eaten before. Luckily they don’t serve chicken’s feet! At Chinese New Year the girls learn the Dragon Dance, and when Mei Jing’s parents give Monifa a red envelope, she’s surprised to discover it has real money in it! The second in the My Friend series, My Friend Mei Jing is a poignant story that demonstrates how friendship is the strongest bond among kids living in a diverse community.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this large, colorful book, a Nigerian-American second-grader tells the story of her best friend from school, who is Chinese-American. The girls share a love of arts and crafts, dressing up, and a desire to become veterinarians. Monifa describes aspects of Mei Jing's culture: eating with chopsticks, the giving of red envelopes, Chinese coins, and the Dragon Dance, which both children perform for Chinese New Year. The story's authentic voice comes from simple declarative sentences: "Mei Jing and I even have the same favorite color—it's purple." The brightly colored collages combine photographs of the girls' heads and hands with their cartoon bodies and depict them as they work with clay in arts and crafts at school or walk through an outdoor market with Mei Jing's grandma, "Paw Paw." This story will pair well with Andrea Cheng's Goldfish and Chrysanthemums (Lee & Low, 2003).—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554511525
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
My Friend Series , #2
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Anna McQuinn is a part-time writer whose literacy workshops often involve children and families for whom English is not their first language. Her picture books include Lola at the Library and Wanda's Washing Machine. She lives in England.

Ben Frey is a Canadian illustrator who lives in Vancouver.

Photographer Irvin Cheung is a graphic designer. He lives in Vancouver.

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