Ginger and Chrystanthemum

 Ginger and Chrysanthemum are cousins, polar opposites and best friends. Chrysanthemum is quiet, organized, and introverted while Ginger is loud, animated, and impulsive. When they come together to plan a special surprise for their Grandma's birthday. There are presents to buy, decorations to pick, and a special birthday cake to bake.

The author incorporates the Chinese belief that foods have warm and cool characteristics, and cleverly demonstrates how both girls’ contrasting dispositions achieve a successful birthday surprise. A fun story about how achieving balance results in positive and an ode to affection being stronger than differences.

Recommended ages: 7-8+


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