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About the Author
Ginnie Lo and her sister Beth are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters' memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest.
Ginnie Lo is a retired computer science professor who taught at the University of Oregon for many years. She enjoys hiking, international folk dancing, and traveling--especially taking family trips to China. The mother of two grown children, she lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon.
Beth Lo and her sister Ginnie are the creators of Mahjong All Day Long, which won the Marion Vannett Ridgway Award for an outstanding picture book debut. Like their first book, Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic is inspired by the sisters' memories of growing up Chinese American in the Midwest.
Beth Lo is an award-winning ceramic artist who has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists. An art professor at the University of Montana, she also plays bass in two bands. She has one grown son, and she and her husband live in Missoula, Montana. Her website is bethlo.com.
* "More warm family memories from the Chinese-American creators of Mahjong All Day Long (2005), with cheery illustrations painted on ceramic plates.... The pleasure of finding unexpected links between a new country and the old suffuses this autobiographical outing." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Historical fiction, at its best, makes the specific universal. Here that happens in the story of two sisters, Jinyi and Pei, who live in a small Indiana town in the 1950s. . . This heartfelt story (based on the authors' childhoods) is absolutely delicious. Readers will feel a kinship with the young cousins. . . The winsome pictures, drawn with a childlike charm, capture the warmth of family, friendship, and food." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Adding fullness to the narrative, wonderfully appropriate to the content, and paying homage to China's rich art history, Beth Lo's series of hand-painted porcelain plates serve as the book's illustrations. The soft, rounded compositions and earthy shades create feelings of easy comfort and warmth, and are a joy to behold.... This is a stellar title." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Lo echoes the message about the importance of personal heritage with her engrossing domestic scenes, painted on glazed porcelain plates. Each expressive composition stands alone, but together they provide an intimate chronicle of a multigenerational family." -- Publishers Weekly
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Editor's Choice, Booklist
Charlotte Zolotow Award - Highly Commended Title, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators
Picture Book winner, Oregon Spirit Book Award
Delaware Diamonds Reading List, Diamond State Reading Association