By Therese On Louie
Illustrated by Suling Wang
One day Raymond sees a young woman smile with pleasure when she is given a gift of flowers. Maybe I could buy Mom some flowers, Raymond thinks, to help her feel better now that she is home from the hospital.
When Raymond realizes he doesn't have enough money to buy flowers, he decides to grow them from seeds, but his mother has to return to the hospital before the flowers bloom. As the flowers grow and then begin to wilt, Raymond fears his mother will never see his present after all. The gift she receives instead is a total surprise, and more perfect than anything Raymond has planned.
Winner of LEE & LOW'S New Voices Honor Award, Raymond's Perfect Present captures the innocence of a child's love for his mother as he struggles through a difficult time. This heart-warming story reaches out to all readers who have sought to give those they love the "perfect present."
Booktalk with author Therese On Louie
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
- Interest Level
- Grades 1 - 3
- Reading Level
- Grade 2
- Asian/Asian American Interest, Disability, Environment/Nature, Friendship, Mothers, Sharing & Giving
- Accelerated Reader
- Level: 3.1
Therese On Louie makes her picture book debut with Raymond's Perfect Present. She currently teaches ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Louie lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Suling Wang has illustrated two books for older readers, The Magic Paintbrush and When the Circus Came to Town, both written by Laurence Yep. Wang lives in San Francisco. This is her first picture book. Visit her online at sulingwang.com.