Cover image for Chinatown
Low, William.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A boy and his grandmother wind their way through the streets of Chinatown, enjoying all the sights and smells of the Chinese New Year's Day.
Reading Level:
AD 520 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 61133.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 1 Quiz: 30670 Guided reading level: J.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Chinatown. City within a city. Home to street cobblers and herbalists, tai chi masters and kung fu students, outdoor fish markets and lots and lots of restaurants. And best of all, when the Chinese New Year begins there's a New Year's Day parade, complete with a lion dance.
Young readers will be equally fascinated by the tour of this colorful neighborhood--and by their tour guide and his grandma who live there.

Author Notes

William Low is the illustrator of Stargone John by Ellen Kindt McKenzie, Lily by Abigail Thomas, and Good Morning City by Elaine Moore. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design and a four-time winner of the Society of Illustrators silver medal, Mr. Low now teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, not too far from Chinatown. He lives with his wife, illustrator Margaret Hewitt, on Long Island, New York.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A boy and his grandma take their daily walk through their Chinatown neighborhood. Low's brightly colored double-page-spread oil paintings show the vital streets packed with traffic, people, markets, and tall buildings. Some strong pictures focus on individual people inside the herbal shop and the seafood restaurant. The sizzle and noise of the restaurant kitchen contrasts with the quiet of the tai chi class in the park. The climax is the celebration of the Chinese New Year with parade, firecrackers, and a lion dance. There is no story, but kids will enjoy the physical evocation of an exciting city place, both the crowds and the close-up views of Chinese American culture that seem to burst out of every page. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2‘In Chinatown, a young boy goes for a walk with his grandmother and describes the sights and the people on the busy streets. Delivery trucks, tai chi students, ducks hanging in the food store, fresh snapping crabs, and crowds watching the Chinese New Year celebration are vividly brought to life in full-page, vibrant oil paintings. This is a warm introduction to an urban community that captures images of interest to a child, from a child's perspective. The text reads aloud nicely, making this title useful for picture-book programs. While the setting is New York City's Chinatown, the stores, signs, and activities could be in any Chinese community across the U.S.‘Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.