Vinson is very excited when his grandfather comes from China for a visit. When Grandpa practices tai chi in the garden, Vinson asks to learn, hoping it will be like kung fu, full of kicks and punches. But tai chi’s meditative postures are slow and still, and Vinson quickly gets bored. He can’t understand why Grandpa insists on calling him by his Chinese name, Ming Da, or why he has to wear a traditional Chinese jacket to the Chinese New Year parade. As the parade assembles, however, he notices the great respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers under his training. And when Vinson is offered a role in the parade, he realizes that being part Chinese can be pretty cool—and is ready to start learning from his grandpa’s martial-arts mastery in earnest.
Praise for Crouching Tiger
“Poignant but not treacly in dealing with an immigrant child’s conflicting emotions toward a grandparent from the old country.”
— New York Times Sunday Book Review
“A story that can be enjoyed by all kids (and their parents).”
— The Washington Post
“…universal appeal… handles the complexity of those feelings with subtlety and grace… best new children’s book.”
— Huffington Post
— Chicago Tribunes, Books
“…a nuanced story that kids of all cultures will enjoy”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Readers will warm to the duo’s growing friendship and the gifts that come as Ming Da allows himself to enter Grandpa’s world.”
— Publisher’s Weekly Star Review
“A celebration of family and Chinese New Year along with a simple introduction to Wudang martial arts, especially tai chi—and to the idea that strength can be gentle.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“This text will prove to be of value to your collection because there are a limited number of fictional books for young readers about Chinese New Year.”
— Library Media Connection
“An attraction for martial arts fans… ideal for Chinese New Year and multicultural units.”
“one generation to understand another… wisdom that comes from such understanding”
— Bookin’ with Sunny
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