Goldfish and Chrysanthemums
By Andrea Cheng
Photographed by Michelle Chang
Nancy is helping Ni Ni (Grandma) in the kitchen when a letter arrives from China. Ni Ni grows sad when she reads that her childhood home is being torn down, along with the chrysanthemum-filled garden and fish pond she has always loved.
After Nancy wins two goldfish at the summer fair, she comes up with an idea to keep Ni Ni's memories of the garden alive. Nancy gets to work the very next morning, and as the surprise takes shape, the familiar beauty of home brings the entire family together.
Goldfish and Chrysanthemums shows us all how one young girl can make a difference in the lives of the people she loves. This tender story is a testament to the special bonds that tie us together within families and across generations.
About the Creators
was the author of several critically-acclaimed books for young readers. Her works range from picture books to young adult novels, and her stories often draw on the experiences of her Hungarian relatives or her husband’s Chinese family. When not writing books, Cheng taught English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She passed away in late 2015. Learn more about her work at www.andreacheng.com.
is a full-time illustrator who earned her BFA degree from the San Francisco Academy of Art. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, Forbes, and The Atlantic Monthly. She is also a first place winner in the annual competition sponsored by RSVP: The Directory of Illustration. Chang currently lives in LA making jewelry in her sunny Southern California studio. This is her first picture book. To find out more about Michelle Chang, visit her Web site: www.michellechang.com
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 3
Reading Level:Grades 2 - 2
Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Overcoming Obstacles, Immigration, Holidays/Traditions, Grandparents, Families, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Optimism/Enthusiasm, People In Motion, Realistic Fiction
Part of These Collections
Asian/Asian American English Collection Grades 3-5, English Fiction Grades 3-6, Fluent Dual Language , Fluent English, English Guided Reading Level N, Realistic Fiction Grades 3-5, Mother's Day Collection, Chinese Culture Collection, English Fiction Grades PreK-2, Asian Pacific American Heritage Collection , Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades K-2, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, Grandparents Collection, Asian/Asian American English Collection Grades PreK-2, Kindness and Compassion Collection, Empathy Collection, Social and Emotional Learning Collection