When Helen's grandfather, Gong Gong, comes from China to live with her family, he's shocked to find that none of his grandchildren speak Chinese. How will he communicate with them? At first he keeps to himself. Then one day he joins Helen to watch the trains. He starts counting the train cars in Chinese, and she repeats the words. Then Helen says the numbers in English. They continue to teach each other, and Helen even learns her Chinese name, which means "flower." In this luminously illustrated intergenerational story, the devotion between a young girl and her grandfather helps them overcome barriers of age and language. Grandfather Counts was selected as one of the 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC).
Helen is unhappy when she has to give her bedroom to her grandfather, who has come from China to live with her family in the United States. Because her grandfather can't speak English and she can't speak Chinese, the two have trouble communicating, but they eventually find that they have something in common. As Helen helps her grandfather learn English and adapt to life in the United States, he teaches her about her Chinese heritage. Color illustrations accompany the text.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Concepts / Counting + Numbers, People + Places / United States / Asian American, People + Places / General, Family / Multigenerational, General, People + Places / Other
- 4-8 years
- April 1, 2003
- April 1, 2003
- Andrea Cheng
- Ange Zhang