Shanghai Messenger

By Field Guide to Parenting

Eleven-year old Xiao Mei is off to visit China for the first time. Grandma Nai Nai asks her to be a messenger and remember everything she sees. This journey of an American girl finding where she came from in a foreign place is a story of family and bonds that stay strong even across an ocean. The sometimes small drawings and the consistent pattern on each page feels like you are looking into a room past bamboo screens getting a rare glimpse into something special, while at the same time, allows the beautiful, lyrical verse to take center stage.