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Mahjong All Day Long

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MaMa and BaBa play mahjong all day long. And all night long. We hear the clicking of mahjong tiles morning, noon, and night.

Big sister, JieJie, and her little brother, DiDi, see their parents playing mahjong all the time. It's their favorite family tradition. With Uncle T.T. and Auntie Helen around, the house is always alive with singing and chatting, the aromas of hot tea

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2005)
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Emilia P
This book was lovely -- a story about the weird things your parents do and how you end up doing them too. But not like that. Really it was just about how the grownups play Mahjong and you are curious. The illustrations which are in a old-fashioned cartoonish style -- and painted on to ceramic plates, with an effect that since the plates are oval and shiny and white, almost makes it feel like they're painted on a grain of rice. Super-cool, super cultural, super introduction to a new culture if yo ...more
Shawn Thrasher
Short and very sweet. Although at first glance this seems a bit culturally specific,I think the broader appeal lies in the warmth of a family gathering - many of us remember our parents and grandparents, their friends and relations, playing some sort of card game while younger children looked on longingly, waiting for the time when they were old enough to join. The illustrations are unbelievably extraordinary - " created by painting with ceramic underglazes on handmade porcelain plates."
Amy  A.
This is a story about two Chinese adults reminicing about their family tradition of playing Mahjong. Their families sing, eat, drink tea, and visit over hours of playing this traditional game. As children JieJie and DiDi did not fully understand the game but later they not only pass this tradition on to their children but they understand how important this family time is to generations of their family.
Cheryl
Wonderful depiction of a family's love for each other and a great introduction to the Chinese game Mahjong. Chinese characters throughout add to the very simple text.
Emily
This is a simple and timeless story about the passing on of traditions, which is experienced in every culture. Mahjong is a game that is taught by one generation to the next in this Chinese family. The illustrations are expressive and stylized, presented in a black oval frame on the recto. The black print on the bright red page on the verso is striking. The author’s note as well as the Chinese characters and translation on each page help provide a rich context.
Caleb
Nov 21, 2008 Caleb rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in mahjong...?
Recommended to Caleb by: Whichever youth librarian put it on display
Shelves: picture-books
This seemed like a good way to finally learn about mahjong, which I see played in movies but have never quite understood. Sadly, it doesn't really explain the game in any depth, but is rather about the way the family plays it together. I did learn a little about it though, and it's a very neat book with some pretty cool art.
Katie Sicking
This is a multicultural book about family traditions. It was interesting that it had random words and phrases on each page in Chinese with English translations.
Kell*
Nov 30, 2007 Kell* rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2-4
This is a fun multicultural book, that teaches students about a traditional game called Mahjong. It's a fun book about family and counting concepts.
Jane
A short & sweet story about two siblings observing their family playing mahjong and connecting.
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Those who reminisce about family gaming will appreciate this book.
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Beth and Ginnie Lo are sisters (and best friends!). They had a happy Chinese American childhood in West Lafeyette, Indiana, where they learned to play mahjong while sitting on their father's lap. They continue to play to this day. Ginnie, a computer science professor, wrote the story, and Beth, a ceramic arts professor, made the illustrated ceramic plates. This is their first book.

Beth now plays m

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