Piece by Piece


Words by Susan Tan
Pictures by Justine Wong

I feel the sun shining down on me and my smile beams the open sky.

I twirl like the dragons on the window screens, winding and free.

I soar like the sparrows in the courtyard, leaping up to peer over the edge of the pool.

I think of Nainai and anything’s possible.

In this debut picture book by author Susan Tan and illustrator Justine Wong, Emmy Wu loses her beloved blanket, made especially for her by her grandmother, Nainai, on a trip to the Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home at the Peabody Essex Museum. Looking high and low, she winds up on a magical journey of discovery and wonder. But will she find her blanket before it’s too late? Remembering Nainai’s wisdom, she has not only good luck but the love of her family, too.

Susan Tan grew up visiting museums with her grandmother, an art historian, who encouraged her love for art and story. She is the author of Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic, and Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story. Susan lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Justine Wong is an illustrator and multimedia artist living in Toronto with her two cats, Kumo and Opal. She loves to travel in search of new forms, landscapes, and feelings to draw. Justine’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Monocle, and Lucky Peach.

"Published by the museum, this well-researched and engaging intergenerational picture book will encourage cultural, architectural, and archaeological curiosity." —School Library Journal

11" × 9 1/2”
Peabody Essex Museum / Six Foot Press, 2019
ISBN 9780875772394 (hardcover)
Ages 4–8
40 pages with color illustrations
Hardcover with dust jacket

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