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Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Colorful, seasonal peek at Cantonese food and fun.

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Like the shoppers in such a market, readers get a rich and tasty glimpse at all things you might find as you stroll through a Gai See. Young kids, especially, will enjoy the pleasant, armchair shopping experience. Most of what they may not recognize is covered in a glossary in the back.

Gai See means "street market" in Cantonese, and that is where this book takes us. Bright, bold illustrations fill the pages as simple rhymes lead a young Chinese boy, and the reader, through booths of a market in Chinatown. As the seasons change, so do the foods and other merchandise. In the springtime, he eats "oodles of noodles," in summer he cools off with soybean milk and enjoys mango and starfruit. The fall brings incense sticks, chocolate coins, and crispy duck while in winter he searches out medicinal herbs, greens, and fire crackers to celebrate the new year.

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