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My Day with Gong Gong

My Day with Gong Gong

By Sennah Yee
Illustrated by Elaine Chen
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773214290, 36 pages, September 2020 , 10.40" x 9.10"


A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa.

May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese. She's hungry, and bored with Gong Gong's errands. Plus, it seems like Gong Gong's friends are making fun of her! But just when May can’t take any more, Gong Gong surprises her with a gift that reveals he’s been paying more attention than she thought.

With lighthearted, expressive illustrations by Elaine Chen, this charming debut expertly captures life in the cityand shows how small, shared moments of patience and care—and a dumpling or two—can help a child and grandparent bridge the generational and cultural gaps between them.

A glossary at the end of the book features translations of the Chinese words from the story into Chinese characters and English.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


“Featuring a winsome pair, this is a wonderful, sympathetic story, and the bonus is a small glossary of Cantonese words. ” 

- School Library Journal, 08/20

“Through adorable illustrations effused with humor and warmth, this portrait of intergenerational affection is also a tribute to life in Chinatown neighborhoods . . . A multilayered, endearing treasure of a day. ” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 06/06/20

“A gentle, resonant portrayal of the way love can overcome language barriers. ”

- Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 08/19/20

“Yee captures intergenerational love and understanding. ” 

- Butler Children’s Literature Center, 06/05/20

“An excellent conversation starter and teaching tool for young children growing up in multi-generational families. Highly Recommended. ”

- CM Reviews, 06/12/20