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The Key Collection

by Andrea Cheng

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My response - This story seems to be simple enough for an early reader and one that children would enjoy hearing. The theme of cross-generational love, and the special excitement of Jimmy's key collection would appeal to younger children. The author is a child of Hungarian immigrants who grew up speaking two languages before marrying a Chinese. The Chinese culture is her third culture but it is the culture of her Chinese-American-Hungarian children. Insider or outsider author?

Library Program - This would be fun for Grandparents Day - or a Chinese-American celebration. There are recipes in the back and a glossary for counting to ten. It could be used for a booktalk to get young readers excited to find out if Jimmy and Grandma are reunited.
  dingo207 | Jul 8, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805071539, Hardcover)

An intergenerational and cross-cultural story of love and friendship.

The lines around Ni Ni’s eyes were deeper than before. Her hair was thin and grey. I wanted to tell her that she didn’t have to move. She didn’t have to move at all. Nobody would make her. We could explain to Auntie Helen that she was not ready. Not yet. Not for a long while.

Xiao Jimmy’s Grandma Ni Ni is his favorite person in all the world. Ni Ni cooks delicious jiao zi, teaches Jimmy Chinese characters, and always has wonderful stories and fascinating objects—like the key collection—to share with him. So when Jimmy learns that Ni Ni must move far away to California, he feels he’s losing his best friend. In time, however, Jimmy discovers there are ways to bridge distance, and to make new friends in the process.

This warm and reassuring novel explores a special relationship that crosses cultures and generations, and holds strong when tested.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:07 -0400)

A ten-year-old boy in the Midwest misses his Chinese grandmother, who always lived next door until her health caused her to move.

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