agiftA Gift
A story about home, family, hope, and love.
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ForeWord Magazine: "The story succeeds in evoking the importance of meaningful family relationships, especially over a distance. Quietly told, it is probably best for a child and a caregiver to read while sitting close together."
Booklist: "This is a lovely story about families and cultures staying in touch. Wonderful for lower elementary grades."
School Library Journal: "Chen's text is spare, but, combined with his luscious watercolors, evokes a vivid portrait of rural Chinese culture. Children will find much to notice and discuss in the illustrations, both in the pictures of Amy's home ... and those of China. This is an uncomplicated introduction to the holiday and a lovely addition to most collections."
TV interviewYong Chen interviewed by his hometown TV station in the Summer of 2009. View now.

A Gift is a children's picture book (for ages 4 to 8, published by Boyds Mills Press) written and illustrated by Yong Chen.

Story Summary: A gift has come for Amy, all the way from China. The package has arrived just in time for Chinese New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese culture. It’s a tradition to spend time with friends and family. Since Amy’s aunt and uncles live in China and are unable to make a new-year visit, they have sent their niece a special gift that expresses their love and their wish to keep the family together.