A Little Mandarin Book Review

Doubly Diverse

WenMin Min Lightsdy Lee, the protagonist in The Mystery of the Min Min Lights by Janelle Diller, is an American visiting Australia.  The book is part of the “Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure” series introducing young readers (6-9 years old) to destinations around the world.  The book gives children exposure to Australia and Australian culture.  It concludes with a “What to know before you go” section including a recipe for Lamingtons (yum) and even a ‘Say it Like an Australian’ section, mate.

What is intriguing about the book is that Wendy Lee is Asian American and she is, well, simply Asian and American.   Wendy brings the perspective of an American experiencing a different culture whilst representing the diversity of the United States. As she says in the book “She was mostly American. But she was also still a little Chinese.”  Wendy has an adventure with her neighbors while being exposed to Australian idiom, dialect, and norms out on their sheep station.  Part of the beauty of the book is that it normalizes Wendy’s experience as typically American while recognizing her ethnic background.  I am heartened to read the author’s dedication noting that “all little girls should get to see themselves on the pages of the books they read.”

The Mystery of The Min Min Lights is a great little book for new readers and a simple way to introduce Australia to children of all cultures.

This review is done as a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

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