The Perfect Gift

by Paula Yoo and Shirley Ng-Benitez

In this new installment in Yoo’s early reader series focusing on members of... read more

In this new installment in Yoo’s early reader series focusing on members of a diverse group of friends, Mei’s family is planning a party to celebrate her baby brother Ming’s first one hundred days of life. After helping her grandma dye a couple dozen eggs the lucky color red for their party guests, Mei visits her friends to hand out invitations and ask their advice on a gift for Ming. Her friends have good suggestions—a truck, a drum, something from the toy store—but none of them seem right to Ming. On the morning of the party, Ming still doesn’t have a gift for her brother. “The perfect gift,” her grandma says, “comes from the heart.” Mei decides that rather than buying a gift, she’ll create something by hand for her brother. A short note about the Chinese one hundred days celebration follows this sweet story of a loving older sister and her new brother. (Ages 5–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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