My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee

My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee; illustrated by Elaine Chen. 2020. Published by Annick Press.

Brief summary: May is dropped off by her mother at her Gong Gong’s to babysit. May is concerned, because she does not speak any Chinese nor does her grandfather speak any English. After falling asleep while watching TV, Gong Gong wakes up and puts on his coat. May goes along as they walk down the street and is introduced to various merchants and friends in her Gong Gong’s neighborhood. May thinks they are going to eat and is disappointed when they only have tea. They continue to the fish market and park. With a growling stomach and feeling grouching because she is feeling ignored, May has a temper tantrum yelling she is hungry. This causes all of the pigeons to fly up with one pooping on her. Gong Gong cleans her up and tries to calm his granddaughter.

They go sit by the fountain and eat pork buns. May hugs the stuffed monkey that her Gong Gong secretly bought for her in one of the stores they visited earlier. She did not know he was paying attention to her. They slowly go back down the street to Gong Gong’s home where May’s mother picks her up and learns a little about their day together.

Comments: What a sweet story of how a language barrier did not prevent Gong Gong and his granddaughter from forming a bond. Cute story to share for Grandparents’ Day on September 21, 2021.

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