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“Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together…Compestine creates a simple portrait of a familiar cultural bridge” –Kirkus Reviews

Crouching Tiger

Written by Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene
Published by Candlewick Press

Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can’t understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool and is ready to start learning from his grandpa’s martial-arts mastery in earnest.

Primary ISBN: 9780763646424

Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Picture Book, Age 06 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: 1st Generation

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