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My Mei Mei

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More than anything else in the world, Antonia wants a Mei Mei, little sister, to call her own. But when she and her mother and father fly all the way to China to get her little sister and Antonia finally meets her, she is not at all like Antonia imagined her: She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She just cries and steals attention. But is her Mei Mei all that bad? This charming ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 16th 2006 by Philomel (first published 2006)
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7th out of 79 books — 7 voters
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Feb 10, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
More than anything else in the world, Antonia wants a Mei Mei, little sister, to call her own. But when she and her mother and father fly all the way to China to get her little sister and Antonia finally meets her, she is not at all like Antonia imagined her: She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She just cries and steals attention. But is her Mei Mei all that bad? This charming personal story from Ed Young follows a little girl as she learns what being a big sister is all about, and discovers the rea ...more
Molly Toomey
Antonia wants a little mei mei (sister) to call her own. Her parents take her to China when she is three to pick up a little sister. However, this sister is not like what Antonia expected at all. She cried, took all the attention away, could not walk, and could not play. Antonia was more annoyed than happy. When time passes, Antonia soon realizes that she loves her little sister and wouldn't trade her for anything in the world. A good book to talk about adoption, siblings, and multicultural lang ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Mylinh rated it really liked it

Ed Young's tale about his two adoptive daughters told from the perspective of his oldest daughter. A great story to read when talking about families, adoption, and new siblings.

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–There are other picture books about traveling to China to adopt a child, but what sets this one apart is the relationship between the first adoptive daughter, Antonia, and her Mei Mei, or younger sister. Based on Youngs experience, the text follows An
Jan 23, 2009 Rian rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian-american
Summary: Antonia tells the story of how she longs for a little sister and finally gets her wish when she travels with her parents to China to bring her new sister home.

Response: This is a very sweet story told from the perspective of a little girl who longs to be a big sister. I think it would ring very true to litter girls with the same wish. This story also gently reminds us that there are many ways to be a sibling when we learn that Antonia will meet her mei-mei by going to China with her par
This narrative tells a story about a young girl who is getting ready to become a big sister. The young girl learns about the importance of family through the adoption of her new sibling. The Author of this children's book, Ed Young, tells the story through the main character, Antonia. Antonia is at first eager to have a little sister but she then changes her mind and wants to take her back when she sees how much more attention Mei Mei is getting from her parents. I would use this book in my clas ...more
Samantha Van
My Mei Mei

Author and Illustrator: Ed Young

Artistic Media Used: Drawing Materials.

Brief Summary: This story is about an adopted little girl named Antonia that grows up wanting a little sister or Mei Mei. She learns big sister skills and she even had an imaginary sister. Her mom and dad finally go to China to adopt her baby sister. She at first didn’t like her sister as much as she thought she would. She didn’t walk or talk and couldn’t be play with. Her sister also took all the attention away fr
Misunderstandings, having different expectations that finally lead up to sibling love, these themes are presented in “My Mei Mei” by Ed Young. The story is told with such passion makes the reader wanting more even though it touches on fragile subject of adaptation. This is a fiction picture book. The story is told by a narrator in a first person voice. The story is taking a place in house, and later on the characters are traveling to China. The main characters name is Antonia, her adopter sister ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Keri rated it liked it
Category: Grades K-3, Book #9

I had a student who was adopted from China when she was little, just like the little sister in this book. This is a great read-aloud, or even something to use during social groups about new siblings. My Mei Mei is about a little girl who always wanted a little sister, and when her parents take her to China to adopt her, things weren't quite what she thought they would be. The baby can't talk, walk, or do anything she wants her to. Kids will laugh at the baby's antics
Enasia Lee
Oct 26, 2012 Enasia Lee rated it it was amazing
This narrative tells about a story of a little girl who learns about the importance of family through her little sister's adoption. Ed Young, captures the story through a girl named Antonia, the main character. Antonia wants a little sister to all her own, but when her family finally adopts her little sister, Mei Mei, everything turns upside down. Mei Mei is stealing all of the attention and Antonia wants to send her back. This book is very authentic, because it can expose children to Chinese wo ...more
Jazmyne Henry
Oct 28, 2012 Jazmyne Henry rated it really liked it
This based on a true story children's book is about a young girl named Antonia who wants nothing more than to have a Mei Mei (little sister) of her own. Her sister was adopted but when she arrived she wasn't anything like she expected her to be. She could not walk or talk and she took all the attention away from Antonia. Once her Mei Mei got older the bond as sisters grew stronger and stronger. I would use this book in to teach language acquisition because some of the terms in this book like Mei ...more
Paul Farbman
Apr 25, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: First-Third Grade
This is the story of a family that adopts a child from China. When the child gets older, she asks her Mom and Dad for a little sister, or Mei Mei, of her own.

This would be a good story for any child that has a new baby in the family. Antonia, the first child, initially idealizes the idea of how perfect a little sister will be. When the child arrives, she is upset that it is not able to play with her and that it takes up most of her parent's' attention. Eventually, Antonia comes to relate to her
Emilia P
Aug 29, 2013 Emilia P rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-stuff
I'm always a little iffy on Issue Stories -- because there is a tendency to be preachy, didactic, leading with them. There's usually an agenda. There kind of has to be. This book is not completely free of that (I guess...I have some issues with international adoption? That it doesn't and probably shouldn't address). BUT on the other hand, it's actually the story of the author's family, and the illustrations are beautifully painted and set at really interesting intimate angles that just make you ...more
Mar 16, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: My Mei Mei is a story of a family who adopts a baby girl from China. The older sister was excited to have someone to play with. When she realized that Mei Mei couldn't walk, talk or play, she was upset. A few years later, they did everything together.

Reading Level: 1st- 4th grade

Genre: Picture Book

Topics: International Adoption & Family

Use: Read Aloud & Independent Reading

Social Issues: International Adoption

Literary Terms: The tone of the narrator changes throughout the story.
Kayla Gayle
Dec 04, 2013 Kayla Gayle rated it liked it
My Mei Mei is a story about a little girl who gets an adopted little sister who shows her the importance of family. Antonia wants her own sister but when her parents decide to adopt she freaks out and everything changes. Mei Mei steals all of the attention away from Antonia who wants her to go back from where they adopted her from. This book is great because it introduces and exposes children to Chinese words. The illustrations are vivid and most use traditional Chinese paintings. This is a grea ...more
Maeghan Librarian
I didn't enjoy the writing style, but the story itself is sweet.
Chanae Wills
Apr 10, 2013 Chanae Wills rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-2, family, diversity
This story follows a little girl, Antonia, who really wants a Mei Mei, younger sister. Eventually she gets one and in the beginning her new baby sister isn’t what she expected, but as time goes on she loves her sister more and more. I could use this story to teach my students about diverse families. This story also has Chinese words and the meaning following the words, which be something that I could teach my students. I could have my students write about their families or a time that they remem ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Emelda rated it really liked it
Sometimes I am frustrated by the abundance of books with white people adopting from China. While they are probably the majority, the only people I know who have adopted from China are Chinese! So I was thrilled to find this book with a Chinese-American heterosexual couple adopting one girl from China and later going back to get another. At first Antonia rejcts her new baby sister but the story ends weaving parts of their lives growing up together. Lovely story.
This is a story about the growth of a family when a new baby sister is adopted from China/. The older sister is excited but still finds there are times she's less than thrilled about her new sibling.

Illustrations were rendered in gouache, pastel, and collage. I really liked the backgrounds of the illustrations. They popped like scrapbook paper or a really striking wallpaper.

A great adoption read or for families expecting a new baby. PreK-2.
Mar 23, 2008 Jackie rated it it was ok
A concise, terse book about adopting a daughter from China. Chinese words are sometimes confusing because they are not explained. We are left struggling with the meaning. Events are too rapidly glossed over. The background of the illustrations are extremely distracting. However, it may be a good book to recommend to a child adopted from China, because she may see herself in some of the unique situations depicted in the book.
Lillian Collier
Apr 04, 2011 Lillian Collier rated it really liked it
This is a great story of sibling love, and of misunderstanding or having different expectations. Students can have insights into Antonia's misunderstandings and different expectations. This is a great text for whole group or think pair share discussions, and I love that the multi-culturalism isn't on the fore front, but simply weaved in, as a normal part of life.
NS - Cami Houston
The most striking part about this book are the illustrations. They are beautiful and life like. A little girl born in China wishes for a sister. Her parents finally adopt a baby girl. This esteems her because she can now feel important as an older sister because she gets to protect and love someone.
Brenna Brooks-larson
Mar 27, 2011 Brenna Brooks-larson rated it liked it
Shelves: k-3-books
I liked this story about a little girl's desire to have her own mei mei. She is adopted from China and she wants a sister of her own. Soon the little sister arrives and she is not what she expected. She grows to love her and they grow up to be close. It's a touching story about sisterhood and adoption.
Breanna Mcalister
Sep 30, 2013 Breanna Mcalister rated it liked it
Shelves: text-set
This is a fiction children's book about adoption. This book is good to use with young children. The story is about a little girls parents that are adopting a baby.The book shows the adoption and tells the story of how the little girl deals with having a new little sister.
Sep 18, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: adoption
This book touches on adoption, but even more it is just about wanting a little sister, finding out they aren't as much fun as expected in the beginning, but growing to love them!
May 07, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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Mrs Bond
Jul 05, 2011 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Based on the author's true life adoption of 2 little girls from China. A great story of about siblings -- eldest child very much wants to be a big sister.
Andrea Retana
I would like to use this book to teach students about adoption and diversity.
It is a narrative book.
It is a fiction picture book.

May 08, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-k-3
Would use to start discussions about adoption and sibling relationships.
International adoption from China. Based on author's experiences.
Abby Turner
Jul 02, 2013 Abby Turner rated it it was amazing
Lovely illustrations and honest and revealing text.
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Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
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