Brandon Makes Jiao Zi (??)

Brandon Makes Jiao Zi (??)

by Eugenia Chu


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Brandon Makes Jiao Zi (??) by Eugenia Chu

Mommy surprises Brandon with his grandma from China, Pó Po (), when she picks him up from school one day. When they get home, the adventure begins! While Brandon and Pó Po () are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po () 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 adorable 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781478774082
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Brandon Makes Jiao Zi (??) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
connywithay 9 months ago
“What are you going to do with that jiao zi? I thought you were going to eat it!” Brandon’s grandmother asks in Eugenia Chu’s children’s book, Brandon Makes Jiao Zi. ~ What ~ This unnumbered twenty-four-page paperback targets children ages four to ten years old who enjoy a story about making a Chinese favorite dish. With no scary scenes, it contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Sophomoric colored pencils with ink illustrations are on most pages. The book begins with a preface about the sounds and pronunciations of Mandarin Chinese and includes written words in the story that are in parenthesis, ending with a glossary of the same words. In this short story, Brandon is surprised after school one day to find his grandma visiting from China. When his Po Po makes jiao zi wraps, Brandon happily tries to help, even adding too much flour and making a mess. After the tasty dumplings are made, Brandon wants to eat ten of them. When he is full from eating, he saves one of the pieces and decorates it, showing his creation to his family. He eats his masterpiece in two bites and thoroughly enjoys it. ~ Why ~ I like that this book not only contains the culture of China in its food and family references but that it also has words written in the language and how to pronounce them correctly. The story is charming and sweet about a boy and his grandmother’s relationship. ~ Why Not ~ While the story is interesting and will hold the attention of young ones, it has punctuation and paragraph errors that may confuse a beginner reader by thinking it is acceptable to make them. Some may not like that the illustrations are simplistic with little to view or discuss. Others may find some of the wording above their reading skill level. ~ Wish ~ I wish the book were professionally edited and the drawings more complicated so have rated it down accordingly for these two issues. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a book that teaches a few words in Mandarin Chinese while telling a story about jiao zi, this one may be thoughtful if you read it to a child so they do not recognize the writing issues. Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
beckyreads1 More than 1 year ago
As a retired teacher, I am always on the lookout for books that will bring something beneficial to the classroom. Eugenia Chu's wonderful book and she wrote this for her son when she could not find children's books utilizing the Chinese language. I, for one, am so glad she created this little gem!   It begins when Brandon is surprised by a visit from his grandmother from China who invites him to make a wonderful treat, Jiao Zi, a type of dumpling. That is not all he learns that afternoon. He learns how to count to ten in Chinese, how to say thank you, and the repercussions of cause and effect as he eats most of the Jiao Zi himself. The artwork is child-friendly and endearing as we see Brandon's family come together.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for use within the classroom to accompany a unit on China. A wonderful addition to Multicultural Children's Book Day! I am looking forward to a series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This adorable 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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite 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’s parents live in the United States, but the boy’s grandmother lives in China, and she comes for a visit. What follows is a series of high energy experiences focused on Brandon's favorite Chinese food and his grandmother. The book includes a preface describing how to pronounce Chinese syllables and a glossary of Chinese words and numbers. The book is filled with humor, fun, and simple child-like drawings. You can feel Brandon’s energy as he prepares (or so attempts) his favorite dish with his grandmother, but more importantly bonding with a family member who has come from far away. I appreciate how this story is based in the reality of the author, Eugenia Chu, and how her life experience is shared in this book. Family is paramount, and something as simple as preparing food together can make positive memories that could last the lifetime of Brandon. Sharing these experiences allows the reader to appreciate the values of this happy family. 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.