Grace Lin returns to Providence this Thursday as the featured storyteller at Kidoinfo Storytime in Burnside Park. A RISD graduate who once dreamed of becoming a figure skater, Grace has authored and illustrated an incredible range of children’s stories. In Fortune Cookie Fortunes Grace explores everyday occurrences through the predictions of fortune cookies–when little sister Jie-Jie gets a fortune cookie that foretells “Your imagination will create many friends” she sets out to make hundreds of origami creatures. In early reader Ling and Ting, winner of the 2011 Theodore Geisel award, we follow the adventures of identical twins Ling and Ting who through a series of mishaps quickly reveal they are “not exactly the same”. Then there is her 2010 Newbury Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, an intricate narrative weaving dozens of fables into the journey of loveable Minli, the daughter of peasants who learns important truths with the help of a sage dragon, disguised king, goldfish salesman and the old man of the moon. From her bright picture books to elaborate young adult novels, each of her works rings quirky, kind, whimsical, and always engaging–don’t miss your chance to hear Grace read and to pick up a copy of one of her remarkable stories!
My boys have grown up reading Grace Lin’s books. I read Red as a Dragon to my sons when they were younger–they loved the colorful illustrations and the playful story about children at the park. We just finished reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon together for our mother-son book club. We loved how Grace wove together stories within stories about a little girl looking for a better life for her family and what she finds is more than she dreamed of.
Join Grace Lin at Kidoinfo Providence Storytime, this Thursday, August 11th at Burnside Park, 2 Kennedy Plaza at 10:30am.