Shanghai Messenger

Shanghai Messenger

Grandma Nai Nai has received a letter from Uncle in China inviting Xiao Mei to visit them in Shanghai. Xiao Mei, May Johnson in America, does not want to go to this strange land and to these people she does not know. As she arrives, she is welcomed warmly by her aunts and she goes to their home and watches her Auntie chop pork and green onions and drop them into broth to cook on an electric hot plate. These people are her family but they are very unfamiliar to her and their ways are strange to her too. Day by day Xiao Mei experiences little pieces of life in this city and she tries tai chi, eats jello, visits a school and makes a friend. By the time the end of her visit rolls around, she is not ready to leave. She lives with one part of her heart in Ohio and the other part of her heart in Shanghai. 40 pages Ages 8-11

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