Friday 20 November 2020

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas - Natasha Yim and Grace Zong

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
Grace Zong (Illustrator)
ISBN 9780545820332
eISBN 9781607347293

My youngest daughter is nuts about Pandas. She collects Panada stuffies, she has Pandas on her bed covers. She had done at least 3 school projects on Pandas. She just cannot get enough of them. This year they need to pick their school library books from the computer and reserve them. This was one of the first library books she has had since the 2020 Pandemic began. And she had mixed feelings about it. Normally if any book has Pandas in it, it is usually 5/5 stars, occasionally 4/5 but this one only garnered 2 from her. As she approaches her 10th birthday, she is becoming a harder judge.

She brought this and another Panda book home from school. She read this one to me second. And She asked a lot of questions as reading it. She said she liked the ending but did not like most of the book. Goldy Luck was supposed to be nice and have luck. She appears to have neither through most of the book. She trashes the neighbour’s apartment. In the end she does make amends. 
I thought it was an interesting variation on the theme. The story stays true to the original, and yet is culturally adjusted. The illustrations are well done, and fun to look at while reading the story. We settled on a 3 rating, 2 from my daughter and 4 from me. 

Books by Natasha Yim: 
Mulan's Lunar New Year
The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty
Cixi: "The Dragon Empress"
Sacajawea of the Shoshone
Otto's Rainy Day
Luna's Yum Yum Dim Sum

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