Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie, ill. Ed Young
“There are fish literally everywhere in this book!” I meant to do an Ed Young book a little closer to his death last year, but life interfered. As a result I’ve been sitting on this particular copy of Yeh-Shen for a couple months now (sorry, library). Now I hadn’t read this book in probably two decades and I didn’t remember it particularly well, so you can imagine my utter delight as I discovered that, like Lon-Po Po, Ed Young hid one particular animal on these pages. Fish! I have way too much fun finding the fishies in these pages, and Kate dives deep into this particular telling. We misidentify Disney songs, and discuss “tattered creatures”, and kings that neg.
It’s a little smudged in this particular version, but this is the reproduced story found in the Hsueh Chin T’ao Yun edition from the Ch’ing dynasty.
Look at all the cool hidden fishies on these pages!
Here’s the very cool photo of a young Matt Tavares sitting alongside Bernard Waber, and showing his signed copy of Ira Sleeps Over.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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