Watercress

Watercress

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Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage.

Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can.

At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.

Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Title:Watercress
ISBN:9780823446247
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    Watercress Reviews

  • Danielle

    Beautiful. Brims with meaning and emotion. I hope this book spreads and is read far and wide. ...

  • Ms. B

    This heartbreaking story about a young girl who is embarrassed by her mother feels like a 2022 Caldecott contender. Solid story and lovely illustrations.If you are looking for a story about empathy or...

  • Kathryn

    4. STARS This is excellent. For me, it didn't have quite the same emotional resonance as The Most Beautiful Thing (which I also just read) but it is a similar theme. I think the anger, the frustration...

  • Agn?

    Watercress is a poignant semi-autobiographical picturebook about a timeless tug of war between fitting in and honoring one’s heritage.Andrea Wang's poetic, evocative, touching story is, in her own w...

  • Laura Harrison

    Another stunning book illustrated by Jason Chin. You bet it’s Caldecott worthy....

  • Panda Incognito

    This sensitive, gorgeously illustrated picture book tells an autobiographical story about the author's experience foraging for watercress with her family on the side of a road in Ohio. The girl's emba...

  • Michele Knott

    All of the stars! Simply gorgeous....

  • Carol  V

    This story is told through the eyes of a young girl, born to Chinese immigrants living in rural Ohio. The family takes a ride one day and comes across a murky ditch with watercress growing. They stop ...

  • Debra

    Where do I start? Jason Chin's illustrations brought me back to Ohio where I was born with the fields, the barn, and even the cars on the road. Andrea Wang manages to remind us that our memories are a...

  • Ricki

    This book took my breath away. A girl’s family stops by the side of the road, and she is embarrassed as they fill paper bags with muddy watercress and eat it for dinner. Her mother shares a story of...