A delightful story of a child's visit to a grandmother and home far away, and of how families connect and love across distance, language, and cultures.
Kylie is nervous about visiting her grandmother-her Amah-who lives SO FAR AWAY.
When she and Mama finally go to Taipei, Kylie is shy with Amah. Even though they have spent time together in video chats, those aren't the same as real life. And in Taiwan, Kylie is at first uncomfortable with the less-familiar language, customs, culture, and food.
However, after she is invited by Amah — lái kàn kàn! (English: come see!) — to play and splash in the hot springs (which aren't that different from the pools at home), Kylie begins to see this place through her grandmother's eyes and sees a new side of the things that used to scare her.
Soon, Kylie is leading her Amah — come see! lái kàn kàn! — back through all her favourite parts of this place and having SO MUCH FUN!
And when it is time to go home, the video chats will be extra special until they can visit faraway again.
Backmatter includes author and illustrator notes and a guide to some of the places and foods explored in Taiwan.
Author Margaret Chiu Greanias is a daughter of Taiwanese immigrants. She grew up in New York, Texas, and California, while her Amah lived faraway in Taipei. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, and a fluffle of dust bunnies.
Hardcover | 56 pages | 27.71 x 21.64cm