National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding” by Lenore Look

I admit I shed a few tears at the end of this award-winning book! [Yes, I not only cry at weddings, I cry over kids’ books about weddings!] Jenny’s favorite uncle, Peter, is getting married, and she feels left out. She describes all the parts of the traditional Chinese wedding as she expresses her sadness over no longer being Uncle Peter’s best buddy. She also indicates what aspects of the ceremony have been modernized from what it would have been like one or two hundred years ago. In the end, her new Aunt Stella wins her over by unexpectedly making her – Jenny – the center of a beautiful part of the ceremony. “Finally,” Jenny says, “everything feels like it should – like a wonderful dream.”

The illustrations by Yumi Heo, rendered in oils, pencil, and collage, are just delightful – they are bright and colorful and whimsical. Many of the pages are framed by a “wallpaper” that captures some of the themes of the text on that page.

I highly recommend this charming story!

Rating: 4/5

Published by Atheneum books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2006

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689844581
ISBN-13: 978-0689844584

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12 Responses to National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding” by Lenore Look

  1. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    We are blessed at our school to offer Chinese language and culture class taught by a teacher from Taiwan. Love the look of this book.

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    That looks beautiful and I know it must be special since it made you cry.

  3. I am really looking forward to sharing books like this with Mouse when she is a little older. My mom was a teacher (now retired) and I used to love finding her gems like this for her classroom. I’ve inherited a few that didn’t stay with the school–not about this culture per say, but about many other cultures.

  4. Rachel says:

    This book sounds great so I just ordered it. I love that you have been featuring so many multicultural kids books. It’s making it so easy for me to build up a diverse library for my kids!

  5. i love this! my daughter took 3 years of chinese in high school and now that she has a 10 month old she’s trying to help my grandson be bilingual – must give her this one!

  6. Jenners says:

    You are very sentimental aren’t you? It cracks me up that you cry about a kid’s book about weddings! You’re going to be a mess in October, I suppose1

  7. librarian says:

    Charming! I’ll have to find a copy. My brother’s wedding was in Shanghai, and it was insanity. Modern Chinese weddings are somewhat odd in that the bride will change dresses 3 or 4 times (with full hair and makeup changes as well) but the guests don’t dress up. The mother of the bride wore a blouse and slacks, and two guests showed up in jeans and Crocs. Yes, neon yellow Crocs.

  8. JoV says:

    It’s nice to know you wept over this book. Never would I thought you would weep over any book! Aww… Thanks for sharing the sentimental side of you Jill.

  9. zibilee says:

    This looks like a great book for my niece, and I bet that I would also get teary eyed over Jenny’s story. I love the illustrations on this one as well. They look so inviting. Great review, Jill!

  10. bookingmama says:

    I love the illustrations! And you’re just a softy at heart, aren’t you?

  11. Athira says:

    I love those illustrations! That is making me want to check it out!

  12. lenorelook says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for giving my book a plug! Now that i have my own globby bloogie, i’m gonna follow you!

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