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Reveals sights, sounds, tastes, and some vocab words you may experience in a typical Chinatown.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book presents a simple rhyming introduction to a Cantonese open-air market, or "Gai See." Kids will be interested in the boldly colored illustrations and pleasant language that sings of the treasures being sold by the various vendors during different seasons of the year.
Is It Any Good?
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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