Posted by Venus on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Labels: picture book review
Illustrations by Meilo So
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Grandpa Tu is famous for his special noodles and as the emperor's birthday approaches, he is determined to teach his granddaughter, Mei, the family trade. However, Mei struggles to make the noodles, unable to find the magic within herself. Grandpa Tu has confidence in her, even the moon goddess does, but it isn't until Mei believes she can do it that the real noddle magic can happen.
An interesting and engaging "traditional" feeling story that invokes beautiful imagery of time past. There is a nice smattering of magic, although Mei's noodle creation felt a bit more like an accident than something of her own doing, but it was no less magical. The idea behind the story, of believing in yourself, of others believing in you, and how important that is, was the real gem though. Mixed within are fantastic watercolor illustrations that meshed so well with the text. A great story for grandparents to read to their grands and would also be a nice addition to a Chinese New Year celebration.