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The Resource Angel in Beijing, Belle Yang

Angel in Beijing, Belle Yang

Label
Angel in Beijing
Title
Angel in Beijing
Statement of responsibility
Belle Yang
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In busy Beijing, New Year?s Eve firecrackers scare a stray white cat into the courtyard of a young girl. The two become fast friends, riding the girl?s bike through the city and seeing all kinds of people and things. Trrrring-trrrring! the girl chimes with her bicycle bell. Niaow-niaow! answers Kitty. On the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, the girl and the cat watch the kites soaring above crowded, chaotic Tiananmen Square. Kitty is enthralled by the enormous, colorful dragon kite, and she leaps to catch it as it sails up into the sky taking Kitty with it and carrying her out of sight! The girl searches the city, visiting all their favorite spots and ringing her bell along the way, but Kitty is nowhere to be found. Will the two ever be reunited? Or could another unexpected friendship be in store for both of them?
Storyline
Tone
Character
Review
  • K-Gr 2—A modern girl living in Beijing bonds with a white cat who was startled into her courtyard by the New Year's Eve firecrackers. Tooling around the city, Kitty endearingly answers "niaow-niaow" to the "trrring-trrring" of the unnamed girl's bicycle bell. However, Kitty takes flight over a wall on the tails of a kite at the Dragon Boat Festival. Unable to find the feline, the girl roams the more traditional city landmarks, ringing her bicycle bell. One day, Kitty answers back and the girl finds her comfortably at home with a lonely old lady. The girl kindly promises to visit both of her new friends often, leaving the cat there. The glorious illustrations overshadow the slightly awkward text. Written in the present tense, the sentence structure is repetitive, and the proper names of places and occasional Chinese words may challenge unfamiliar readers. On the other hand, soft curving shapes mixed with bold white and black outlines keep the visuals lively. The lines are gentle and brushlike while the fills have only the barest hint of texture for a flowing sense to the images. VERDICT A visual feast that introduces the sights of Beijing with a tender, thoughtful story in the background.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison --Erin Reilly-Sanders (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 7, p58)
  • Yang (Forget Sorrow) follows her young narrator as she cycles through Beijing looking for her cat, Kitty, who has been carried aloft on the tail of a Dragon Kite. At last, the girl hears a familiar “niaow-niaow” on the other side of a gate. When she’s reunited with Kitty, she extends a lovely gesture to the elderly woman who’s been taking care of her. The device of the cycling search allows Yang to examine Beijing’s traditional urban spaces: “I take a shortcut through a hutong that smells of yummy steamed baozi .” With expressive ink lines and pleasing color combinations, Yang’s gouache paintings linger on the one-story buildings, tiled roofs, and intimate courtyards that characterize Beijing’s older neighborhoods. The details of the journey refer to the sounds, smells, and sights of the city, though the list of famous tourist spots (“I climb Jingshan,” “I ride along the west side of Beihai Park”) may make younger listeners wiggly as they wait to find out what’s happened to Kitty. Curiously, there’s no glossary for the Chinese terms. Ages 4–8. Agent: Al Zuckerman, Writers House. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/14/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 20, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A Chinese girl in search of her lost kitty inadvertently takes readers on a tour of famous landmarks in Beijing. An unnamed girl and a stray white kitty quickly form a friendship. "Kitty loves to come with me when I bicycle around Beijing." The two even come up with a unique call and answer using the girl's "new bell" she attaches to the handlebars: "Trrring-trring. Niaow-niaow, answers Kitty." Unfortunately, while enjoying the kites at the Dragon Boat Festival, Kitty ambitiously captures a dragon kite only to be whisked away from her friend. The perfectly balanced and evenly paced narrative highlights the many historic sites in Beijing while showcasing the small scenes of everyday life during her search. "I visit Liulichang Street. Kitty has good taste in antiques. She likes to watch artists painting, too." Yang brings another layer of emotion to the story when the girl finally finds her furry friend in the care of "a granny" and must decide where Kitty is needed the most. Yang's simple sketches are painted over with bright, bold colors that are sure to keep young eyes exploring every scene, which bustle with cars, bicyclists, and other people enjoying activities both familiar and less typical for Western readers. A sweet tale about friendship that gives a glimpse of life in another part of the world, this loving tribute to Beijing is a perfect read-aloud for young travelers. (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10687858
Cataloging source
NJB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yang, Belle
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
4-8 years
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children's stories
  • Girls
  • Friendship
  • Chinese
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Cats
  • Friendship
  • Picture books
  • Friendship
  • Chinese
  • Friendship
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Girls
  • Cats
  • Beijing (China)
  • Beijing (China)
  • Beijing (China)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Angel in Beijing, Belle Yang
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063568467
Dimensions
24 x 26 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763692704
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006797362
Label
Angel in Beijing, Belle Yang
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000063568467
Dimensions
24 x 26 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763692704
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1006797362

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