Watercress

Watercress

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

Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can.

At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.

Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques. An author's note in the back shares Andrea's childhood experience with her parents.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Title:Watercress
ISBN:9780823446247
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    Watercress Reviews

  • Carol  V

    This story is told through the eyes of a young girl, born to Chinese immigrants living in rural Ohio. The family takes a ride one day and comes across a murky ditch with watercress growing. They stop ...

  • Aolund

    A gorgeous and affecting book about a Chinese-American family who deepen their bonds to one another by sharing memories after harvesting watercress by the side of the road in their Ohio home. The main...

  • Carmen

    I received a copy of Watercress from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.Synopsis from the Publisher:Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her f...

  • Barbara

    I've lost count of the number of times I've recommended this picture book to colleagues, friends, and teachers. Surely, it deserves notice as a potential Caldecott contender. It's one of those picture...

  • Tasha

    Riding in their old car along a rural Ohio road, a young girl’s parents come to a stop when her mother spots something growing in the ditch. It’s watercress, so the entire family gets out and star...

  • Panda Incognito

    This sensitive, gorgeously illustrated picture book tells an autobiographical story about the author's experience foraging for watercress with her family on the side of a road in Ohio. The girl's emba...

  • Rose

    This picture book brilliantly shows what it feels like to be "other" as a child -- the shame that being "other" brings and the shame that comes from feeling ashamed of one's family and heritage. Any c...

  • Katrina

    How many stunningly gorgeous books can be released in such a short time span? It's been a whirlwind lately! "Watercress" by Andrea Wang is an immigrant story, a family story, a story of food, of pover...

  • Jen Halupnik

    Transcending space and time, memories bring a Chinese American family together. A girl in cutoffs and a T-shirt is embarrassed when her parents stop the car to pick wild watercress growing by the side...

  • Agn?

    Watercress is a poignant semi-autobiographical picturebook about a timeless tug of war between fitting in and honoring one’s heritage.Andrea Wang's poetic, evocative, touching story is, in her own w...