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Gai See: What You Can See in Chinatown

by Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by Yangsook Choi

Published by Abrams, 2007
40 pages
ISBN: 9780810993372

Ages 5-8

Shopping with different family members throughout the seasons, a young boy identifies what makes a gai see, or street market, special. Told in rhyming text with a sprinkling of Cantonese terms, the boy shops for velvet slippers and tastes oodles of noodles while introducing readers to the sights, smells, and sensations of the marketplace. Vibrant paintings complement the savory and descriptive verses. Each spread captures the seasonal specials of the market—songbirds in the springtime, fresh seafood in the summer, incense sticks in the fall, and firecrackers for wintertime Chinese New Year celebrations. A glossary at the end offers additional information about the gai see and the items sold there.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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