Andrea Wang & Jason Chin

Listen to PatZi's interview with Andrea Wang and Jason Chin - April 15, 2021


It was such a delight to talk to Andrea Wang and Jason Chin about their lovely picture book: WATERCRESS

The words and the illustrations are just beautiful.


Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family's Chinese Heritage.

Talent artist Jason Chin, has captured the feeling of the American mid-west in these beautiful illustrations. They remind me of my childhood in Michigan. In this book, set in Ohio, you can almost feel the wind blowing through the corn. And enjoy the ride in the old Pontiac as a young Chinese girl finds the true meaning of family.

Andrea Wang's lovely writing resonate as you read the story of a girl who is at first embarrassed when her parents stop at the side of the road to pick wild watercress. That a simple story can change a person's outlook is so beautiful and one that children and adults alike will find inspiring.

This is a heartwarming autobiographical story of a child of immigrants and joy of discovering the joy of connecting with her heritage. A moving story that can open conversations with children and their parents and grandparents about the importance of remember and honoring our families.

Look at all these wonderful Starred Reviews:

★ "An adept gem of a picture book, encompassing both universal intergenerational embarrassment and a specific diasporic shift in cultural perception."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

★ "Wang’s moving poetry paired with—and precisely laid out on—Chin’s masterfully detailed illustrations capture both an authentic Midwestern American landscape and a very Chinese American family, together infusing a single event with multiple layers laden with emotion, memory, and significance. Understated, deep, and heart-rending—bring tissues."Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "Simple text and beautiful illustrations pack a strong emotional punch in this picture book. . . . A powerful story sure to awaken empathy and ­curiosity"School Library Journal, Starred Review

About the Author

Andrea Wang writes picture books and middle grade novels. Her debut picture book, The Nian Monster, is an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book.

Her second picture book, Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received a starred review from School Library Journal.

She loves to travel and sample new and unusual foods. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of her writing is about food. She has also written seven non-fiction titles for the library and school market.

Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People.

About the Illustrator

Jason Chin is the author and illustrator of numerous award winning picture books. His book GRAND CANYON received both a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor, and won the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award.
He is the author of the award-winning books, including Redwood, Island: A Story of the Galápagos (winner of the 2013 Gryphon Award), and Gravity (a Gryphon Honor book). 
His latest authored title, YOUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE, was a 2020 Horn Book Fanfare title.

Visit Andrea's website...

Read more about her books.
Andrea has a lovely website -- you can read her blog and check out her recipe for Lion's Head Casserole from her book: The Nian Monster. 


Visit Jason's website...

See more of Jason's illustrations and discover more of his books.

You can download a teaching guide for Watercress and for many of his other books.


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