Kathy Tucker's retelling of a classic Chinese Folk Tale — The Seven Chinese Sisters has mesmerized Madeline. We've only had it two days, and I honestly couldn't guess how many times I've read it. She loves it.
And, why wouldn't she? In this tale, seven sisters live in a small house in the Chinese countryside (who knows where the parents are...) and they range in age from young woman to baby sister (who can't yet talk). Each sister has a special skill: for example, First Sister rides a scooter (cool!) with skill and super speed, Fourth Sister can talk to dogs, and Sixth Sister can make the most delicious noodle soup... which attracts a hungry dragon, who steals plump little Seventh Sister.
The girls use their special skills to outsmart and outmaneuver the dragon, and that's not even the end of the story... Beautifully illustrated by Grace Lin, this book will likely end up in our permanent collection.