Suzhen, Fang Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village, illustrated by Sonja Danowski. PICTUREBOOK. NorthSouth Books, 2015. $19.95.
Young Xiao Le and his mother are visiting his grandmother who is very ill. At first he is reluctant to approach her as she looks much older than the picture he has at home, but soon he is helping her take her pills and playing a game with her. After they return home and word is received that grandmother his died, Xiao Le is reminded of his grandmother when the sun sets, when the moon rises and when it rains.
This is a very beautifully illustrated children’s book. From the end papers to the smallest detail, it is treasure. The story, though sad, is hopeful and heartfelt.
EL - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian