Great book! Originally written in Chinese by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski, later translated from Chinese to English by Huang Xiumin. This book is nominated for the 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. Prior to that, this book earned several other awards in China. In this realistic story, Xiao Le (pronounded Shall La) and his mother travel to visit his sick grandmother. The gentle story and luminous illustrations make a strong addition to most collections.
Xiao Le's grandmother lives in a faraway village. A visit with Grandma is always a special event, but this time she is frail. With encouragement from his mom, Xiao Le plays with and helps Grandma. When Grandma dies shortly thereafter, Xiao Le comforts his mom―reminding her that when it rains, Grandma is washing her clothes in the sky . . . and that although the Perfume Village in heaven cannot be reached by train, it can be accessed by the heart. Fang Suzhen’s moving story, with stunning illustrations by Sonja Danowski, is a powerful reminder that love transcends all.