This story is about a little Chinese-American boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆). While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.
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I am an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. I am also a first generation Chinese-American citizen born in New Jersey and raised primarily outside of Boston, Massachusetts and then St. Petersburg, Florida. I have also lived and attended school in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Taipei and Shanghai (summer study abroad). I currently live in Miami with my husband, our son, Brandon, and fish, Sharky.
My son, Brandon, is the inspiration for my stories. When Brandon was very little, I would read a bedtime story (or 2, or 3!) every night to him and then at lights out, Brandon and I would discuss his day and all the events that occurred. We would take turns adding information and make up little stories based on the happenings of the day before going to sleep. I was always searching for children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, but had trouble finding them. Most of the books I found were either straight translation or ABC/123 type books with no storyline. So, I started writing my own based on events in Brandon’s life and the little stories we told at bedtime. Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is the first “Brandon” story.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy family time, traveling, reading, skiing and wine!