Mei Mei’s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, A Morning with Grandpa celebrates, with lively spirit and humor, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together. Readers of all ages will want to try out some tai chi and yoga too!
About the Author
SYLVIA LIU was inspired to write this story by the playful and loving relationship between her children and their Gong Gong. Before devoting herself to writing and illustrating children's books, she worked as an environmental lawyer at the US Department of Justice and the nonprofit group Oceana. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and their two daughters. This is Sylvia’s debut picture book.
CHRISTINA FORSHAY is a full-time illustrator known for her colorful images and joyous style. Born and raised in sunny California, She was inspired to become an illustrator by her many visits to Disneyland and by watching hours of cartoons as a child. Today she still watches cartoons for inspiration for her illustrations! Christina lives with her husband, son, daughter, andtwo dogs in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Readers will learn a bit more about both tai chi and yoga. Mei Mei has trouble with tai chi moves, but she doesn’t give up and ultimately adds her own personal touch to what she’s doing.
About: A Morning with Grandpa is a children’s picture book written by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay. It was published on 5/1/2016 by Lee & Low Books, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, family, fiction, and multigenerational. This book is intended for readers ages 5 to 8 and grades P to 3. My Experience: I started reading A Morning with Grandpa on 4/30/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 5/13/17. This book is too cute! I love the illustrations! I love the quality time between Mei Mei and her grandfather. They bond through two forms of exercises. I love their easy going personalities and their fun times together. My son enjoys Mei Mei’s fun sides. In this book, readers will follow Grandpa (aka Goong Goong) as he teaches Mei Mei how to do Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art and exercise. Grandpa demonstrates different types of styles and Mei Mei struggles to follow. She has fun making mistakes and her grandpa is very patience with his teachings and explanations. Once Mei Mei believes she got a handle on tai chi, she takes turns to teach her grandpa how to do Yoga, an Indian form of meditation and exercise. The same goes with Mei Mei as she practices calm and patience when teaching her grandpa the different yoga postures as he struggles to stand on one leg like a tree. This book is great for kids! It introduces an activity to do with grandpa. Kids likes to be active and exercise is a great way to get them moving. I love that this book introduces two different types of exercises where both has the common of helping a person to become flexible. At the back of the book, there is a summary on what Tai Chi is all about and 4 common styles that readers can start practicing. There is also a summary of Yoga and 4 common postures (aka asanas) readers can start practicing as well. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Reading this book makes me want to get up and “play the lute” too! Pro: family quality time, illustrations, exercise, patience, practice, learning, physical movements, Con: None I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Lee & Low Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at howusefulitis dot wordpress dot com for more detail review
Mei Mei (little sister) and Gong Gong (Grandpa) spend the morning together in the garden, both of them learning new things. Gong Gong is practicing Tai chi. He slowly goes through the motions, just as this form of martial arts requires. Mei Mei tries to follow Gong Gong’s motions, but can’t help putting her own spin on his moves. Then Mei Mei shows her grandpa the yoga poses she has learned in school. This are more difficult for Gong Gong as he isn’t as limber as his young granddaughter. But that is okay, he does his best. This delightful tale of the love between generations and the value of the time they spend with each other. Neither requires perfection, and that is the treasure of sharing something you love with a person you love. Sylvia Liu’s story brings us into the garden with Mei Mei and her Gong Gong. The beauty of the morning shines through her words as well as the love her characters have for each other. It is obvious Liu has put her heart and soul into A Morning with Grandpa, making it a story that your children will love to have you to read them over and over and you will enjoy it as much as they do. Christina Forshay’s created exquisite works of art to accompany each page of A Morning with Grandpa. Her colorful illustrations are mesh perfectly with Liu’s story, both children and adults will enjoy them. Before the story begins, Liu gives the reader translations of words so everything is clear before you start to read. This picture book also has a section in the back with simple instructions for yoga and Tai chi moves as well as pictures of the poses. Sylvia Liu’s award winning book (Lee & Low Books New Voices Award 2016) will become a well-loved book by preschoolers and early readers alike. It is the perfect book for teachers to read to their classes. I was very excited to win a copy of A Morning with Grandpa from Kathy Temean’s blog “Writing and Illustrating”. You can check it out here: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/. On a personal note, my first grandchild is scheduled to arrive in October and A Morning with Grandpa is one of the first books for his or her library. All children should have a library of fabulous books and I don’t think it could be complete without this book.