December 21, 2011

"Crouching Tiger" by Yan Nascimbene receives rave reviews!

Talented childrens book illustrator, Yan Nascimbene, released a new book recently with author Ying Chang Compestine. "Crouching Tiger" is receiving rave reviews from various critics.


You can pick up a copy at most bookstores or order online from B&N. It would make a great gift for the holidays!






New York Times:
Crouching Tiger
By Ying Chang Compestine.Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene.
38 pp. Candlewick Press. $16.99.(Picture book; ages 6 to 10)

Poignant but not treacly, “Crouching Tiger” deals with an immigrant child’s conflicting emotions toward a grandparent from the old country. Vinson — Ming Da to his grandfather — wants to learn kung fu, but his grandfather insists on teaching him the tamer and seemingly far less cool art of tai chi. Eventually, he learns to appreciate his Chinese heritage in a convincing, unsentimental way, and to value the wisdom of his forebears. Nascimbene’s delicate ink and watercolor illustrations are exquisite.


Chicago Tribune:
By Mary Harris Russell
Special to Tribune Newspapers

Vinson thinks his grandpa's visit from China will be great but is less sure when grandpa insists on calling him "Ming Dao" and the kind of martial art grandpa wants to teach him is tai chi. (When grandpa finally lets Vinson train with a long bamboo pole, the boy thinks, "I kept hoping Grandpa would teach me to whack things with the pole.") The New Year's celebrations show Vinson (and readers) more about inner discipline and grandpa's tiger heart. The illustrations are calmly brilliant, whether of gardens and interiors or of streets filled with Lion Dancers.




Publisher's Weekly (starred review):
Editorial Review - Publishers Weekly vol. 258 iss. 44 p (c) 10/31/2011

Nascimbene’s (First Grade Jitters) delicately drafted ink-and-watercolor artwork distinguishes this child-of-immigrants tale about Ming Da, who scorns his Chinese grandfather until Grandpa’s perfectly timed martial arts kick saves a stranger from injury. That gets Ming Da’s attention; he agrees to let Grandpa teach him tai chi, and when the New Year comes, the lion dance parade offers him a chance to show off his hard work to all of Chinatown. Compestine (The Runaway Wok) excels at portraying Ming Da’s embarrassment (“I jammed my headphones into my ears to avoid talking to Grandpa”), though more sentimental moments may put off jaded older readers (“ ‘Could you teach me, please?’ I asked in a low voice”). The beauty Nascimbene discovers in Ming Da’s suburban world—the leaves that fall around Ming Da as he practices, parade-goers scattered like confetti, the stars that accompany Ming Da and Grandpa on the way home—echoes the beauty Ming Da eventually finds in Grandpa’s tai chi poses. Readers will warm to the duo’s growing friendship and the gifts that come as Ming Da allows himself to enter Grandpa’s world. Ages 6–10. (Dec.)

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