Ling, Nancy Tupper. Illustrated by Alina Chau. Double Happiness. Chronicle Books. 2015. Unp. $16.99. 9781452129181. Ages. P 8 Q 9
In Double Happiness, two Chinese-American children try to adjust when their family moves from San Francisco to a snowy farmhouse back East. The story is comprised of titled sections. Each title is given in English and Chinese and is accompanied by beautiful watercolors originally painted on textured paper. The lyrical text of the story is colored to distinguish the thoughts and speech of each child. Moving is difficult for young children. Double Happiness offers relatable characters and lovely illustrations. Most notable is the inclusion of family traditions to the story, sending the message that some of the most important things remain the same no matter where you live. While a variety of readers will enjoy this story and its artwork, Double Happiness is especially successful as a resource for dislocated children.
November 2015 review by Lillian Curanzy.