Eugenia Chu

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Eugenia Chu
Illustrator(s): Helena Chu Ho
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-4787-9038-9
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Category: Picture Book

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)

Synopsis:

Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) 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).
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Julie Hoffman said on 11/24/2017:
I love how you mixed a fun story with Mandarin Chinese. This is a nice way to be entertained by the power of story and to share culture.
Judy Dodge Cummings said on 11/06/2017:
Looks like a fun book.
Sandhya Acharya said on 11/06/2017:
Love the idea. It is so important to have books that all kids of all backgrounds can relate to and learn from. All the best
Virginia Frazier said on 11/06/2017:
What a great story concept. I love when children can enjoy a story and learn something at the same time.
Suzie Olsen said on 11/06/2017:
What a great way to introduce Mandarin! And is there a recipe at the end? We love to cook, and I'd love more picture books with recipes for us.
Judy Martialay said on 10/27/2017:
This is a great idea. Lots of children will enjoy the book and want to learn more Chinese.
Connor said on 10/17/2017:
I love the book! ❤️
Bob Heller said on 10/17/2017:
Excellent story. Look forward to your next book!!
Lucy Grimm said on 10/17/2017:
Congrats! looks like a wonderful story to read

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Whenever my mom comes to visit, she and my son (the real “Brandon”) really do make Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子)! It’s Brandon’s favorite thing to do with Pó Po (婆婆)! 

 

We also have a fish named Sharky. He is a plecostomus (sucker mouth catfish) who loves to eat cucumbers and zucchini (but not jiǎo zi (餃子)) !





Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) 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).
Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer.  She is a first generation Chinese-American and lives in Miami Beach with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories.  When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own.  This is the first “Brandon” story.
eugenia@eugeniachu.com
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. . . 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. . . 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.

-Bruce E. Arrington, Reviewer for Readers' Favorite and Author of the Josh Avril series and the Fallen Powers series

Whenever my mom comes to visit, she and my son (the real “Brandon”) really do make Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子)! It’s Brandon’s favorite thing to do with Pó Po (婆婆)! 

 

We also have a fish named Sharky. He is a plecostomus (sucker mouth catfish) who loves to eat cucumbers and zucchini (but not jiǎo zi (餃子)) !
    Guestbook Comments
    Julie Hoffman said on November 24, 2017:
    I love how you mixed a fun story with Mandarin Chinese. This is a nice way to be entertained by the power of story and to share culture.

    Judy Dodge Cummings said on November 6, 2017:
    Looks like a fun book.

    Sandhya Acharya said on November 6, 2017:
    Love the idea. It is so important to have books that all kids of all backgrounds can relate to and learn from. All the best

    Virginia Frazier said on November 6, 2017:
    What a great story concept. I love when children can enjoy a story and learn something at the same time.

    Suzie Olsen said on November 6, 2017:
    What a great way to introduce Mandarin! And is there a recipe at the end? We love to cook, and I'd love more picture books with recipes for us.

    Judy Martialay said on October 27, 2017:
    This is a great idea. Lots of children will enjoy the book and want to learn more Chinese.

    Connor said on October 17, 2017:
    I love the book! ❤️

    Bob Heller said on October 17, 2017:
    Excellent story. Look forward to your next book!!

    Lucy Grimm said on October 17, 2017:
    Congrats! looks like a wonderful story to read

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