By Ginnie Lo
Illustrated by Beth Lo
Jinyi and her sister love visiting Auntie and Uncle Yang’s home, where they enjoy dumpling-eating contests and backyard adventures with their cousins. One weekend, on a Sunday drive among the cornfields near Chicago, Auntie Yang spots something she has never before seen in Illinois. Could it be one of their favorite Chinese foods—soybeans?!
Excited by their discovery, the families have their very first soybean picnic. Every year after that, Auntie Yang invites more people to share the food and fun. Pretty soon more than two hundred friends and neighbors are gathering at the picnic to play games and eat soybeans together.
Unique illustrations painted on ceramic plates lend a quirky charm to this lighthearted intergenerational story. Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic is a delicious celebration of family traditions, culture, and community that will have readers asking for seconds, thirds, and more.
Chef Angelo Sosa's Chilled Edamame (Soybean) & Spring Pea Soup Recipe
Booktalk with Ginnie & Beth Lo
School Library Journal
2013 Original Art Exhibition
Society of Illustrators
"Books for Youth Editors' Choice 2012"
- Interest Level
- Grades 1 - 5
- Reading Level
- Grades 3 - 4
- Asian/Asian American Interest, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Environment/Nature, Family Traditions, Farming, Food, Historical Interest, Holidays & Celebrations, Immigration
and her sister Beth are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters’ memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest.
Ginnie Lo is a retired computer science professor who taught at the University of Oregon for many years. She enjoys hiking, international folk dancing, and traveling—especially taking family trips to China. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon.
and her sister Ginnie are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters’ memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest.
Beth Lo is an award-winning ceramic artist who has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists. An art professor at the University of Montana, she also plays bass in two bands. She has one grown son, and she and her husband live in Missoula, Montana. Her Web site is bethlo.com .