Only One Year
Written by Andrea Cheng
Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Lee & Low Books, 2010. 98 pages. Realistic fiction.
Sharon and Mary's two year old brother David (Di Di) leaves to spend a year with their grandparents in China. Their parents send him to China because they both work long hours, and believe Di Di will be better off with family than at a stranger's daycare. The book follows the sisters as they adapt to a year without their brother. Overall, this is an ideal book for readers who are new to chapter books. The plot is simple, and the characters aren't multidimensional. Nicole Wong provides lovely pen and ink drawings that lend more heart to an already sweet story. I appreciated that the author (Andrea Cheng) included an author's note, explaining about the real-life custom upon which this story is based.