Goldfish and Chrysanthemums

Andrea Cheng (Author) Michelle Chang (Illustrator)


Nancy is helping Ni Ni (Grandma) in the kitchen when a letter arrives from China. Ni Ni grows sad when she reads that her childhood home is being torn down, along with the chrysanthemum-filled garden and fish pond she has always loved.

After Nancy wins two goldfish at the summer fair, she comes up with an idea to keep Ni Ni's memories of the garden alive. Nancy gets to work the very next morning, and as the surprise takes shape, the familiar beauty of home brings the entire family together.

Goldfish and Chrysanthemums shows us all how one young girl can make a difference in the lives of the people she loves. This tender story is a testament to the special bonds that tie us together within families and across generations.

Product Details

Lee & Low Books
Publish Date
April 01, 2003
8.24 X 0.34 X 10.34 inches | 0.29 pounds
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About the Author

Andrea Cheng is the author of several children's books, including the acclaimed middle-grade Anna Wang series critics call "gentle," "accessible," and "just right." Though she passed away in 2015, her books will continue to inspire readers. Visit her website at

Michelle Chang is a full-time illustrator who earned her BFA degree from the San Francisco Academy of Art. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, GQ, Forbes, and The Atlantic Monthly. She is also a first place winner in the annual competition sponsored by RSVP: The Directory of Illustration. Chang currently lives in LA making jewelry in her sunny Southern California studio. This is her first picture book. To find out more about Michelle Chang, visit her Web site: