A stunning picture book debut, showcasing the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the challenges of memory loss, and the joy that sweet reminders of a faraway home can bring

Product Code: 8963
ISBN: 9780063026926
Format: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 32
Published Date: 04/05/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.99

An’s grandmother Bà sometimes gets trapped in her cloudy memories. An and her grandfather, Ông, come up with a plan to bring her back to a happy moment: they grow gac fruits so they can make xôi gac, Bà’s favorite dish from her wedding in Viet Nam many years ago.

An and Ông work together in the garden, nurturing the gac seeds. They must be patient and wait for the seeds to grow, flower, and turn into fruit. When the xôi g?c is finally ready, An is hopeful that her grandmother will remember her wedding wish with Ông: hundred years of happiness.

Striking and vivid illustrations bring this tender story of a loving, intergenerational Vietnamese family to life.

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"The illustrations are soft and lovely, connecting the family’s journey to the growth of the lush green vines. The bittersweet sorrow of watching a loved one deal with memory loss is palpable in the lyrical text but ultimately the story celebrates every moment of joy.... A tribute to the sweetness of multigenerational connections, and a celebration of Vietnamese cultural traditions and cuisine." - School Library Journal (starred review)

"The vivid and emotional illustrations bring to life the tender relationship between An and her grandparents. This tale of hard work to achieve a brief moment of hope, woven in with the story of the life cycle of gac vines, will be a special one for young readers, inviting them to meditate on the arc of the life—and the deliciousness of sticky rice." - Booklist

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