Brown Quarterly - Vol. 3, No. 4 (Spring 2000)

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Book Nook

Night Garden
Poems from the World of Dreams
by Janet S. Wong
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

...dreams grow wild
Like dandelion weeds,
feathery heads alive with seeds--

and these fine seeds,
about to sprout,
race the day
to find their place
in a welcome mind...

And the dreams grow in an endless variety, some familiar things, some strange and beautiful, some on the darker side.

In this collection, Janet S. Wong records some of the many dreams she or her friends have had. She even watches her old dog while he twitches and growls and dreams in his sleep and finally yelps awake.

Wong’s poetry gives the reader insight into her Korean and Chinese heritage with glimpes of her American background. Through her poetry, children have the opportunity to close their eyes and float along on a cloud of dreams in vivid color!

The Cook’s Family
by Laurence Yep

What do you do when your world is falling apart? Robin Lee can’t stand her parents’ constant fighting, so she’s glad to spend time with her grandmother in Chinatown. They befriend a lonely cook and pretend to be his long-lost family.

At Cook’s restaurant, Robin is a star and a whole new world opens up to her. In her make believe father, she finally discovers a sense of her Chinese heritage and sees a new and exciting side to her grandmother. The thing is, once Robin starts pretending, she doesn’t want to stop. For children 12 and over.