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A Morning with Grandpa

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Mei Mei s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses?Winner of Lee & Low s New ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 2016 by Lee & Low Books (first published 2016)
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Reread for my daughter. I love the illustrations! The story is fun too.

My Experience: I started reading A Morning with Grandpa on 4/30/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. We read it again on 5/13/17. This book is too cute! I love the illustrations! I love the quality time between Mei Mei and her grandfather. They bond through two forms of exercises. I love their easy going personalities and their fun times together. My son enjoys Mei Mei’s fu
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mei Mei and her grandfather practice Tai Chi in the garden and as Gong Gong (Mandarin for grandfather) tries to teach her the graceful movements, Mei Mei does them in her own childlike way. When Mei Mei then decides to teach Gong Gong Yoga, the stretchy, bendy poses have grandpa in a twist - and hilarity ensues.

Sylvia Liu is the winner of Lee & Low's New Voices Award. Coupled with Christina Forshay's amazing artwork, together they have created a masterpiece, A Morning with Grandpa celebrates th
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! It is so sweet and joyful without being saccharine. I love the sense of playfulness that comes through, the camaraderie between Mei Mei and Gong Gong (her grandfather). They each have something to share and something to learn.

Tai chi is just right for Gong Gong but it's a little hard for Mei Mei to slow down her movements so much. "In one smooth motion, Gong Gong stepped back, bent over, and swept one arm low. He moves like seaweed brushing the ocean floor. 'Now you try," said Gon
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA is the beautifully, endearing and playful story of Mei Mei (Chinese for Granddaughter) who learns about Tai Chi from Gong Gong (Chinese for Grandpa), introducing her to various movements, and of Mei Mei teaching Gong Gong what she has learned about Yoga in return.

With phrases such as:

Gong Gong was a warm summer breeze gently moving
through the trees.

Mei Mei was a frisky fall wind tumbling with the leaves.

These gentle exercises become captivating fun for both young and old,
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A MORNING WITH GRANDPA offers a heartwarming portrayal of the playful relationship between a young girl and her grandfather. Sylvia Liu’s lyrical text sings with fitting metaphors that complement the ancient arts of Tai Chi and Yoga while bringing richness and personality to young Mei Mei and her beloved Gong Gong. Christina Forshay’s whimsical illustrations and masterful expressions make plain the affection that Gong Gong and Mei Mei have for each other, and her breezy sun-filled backdrop contr ...more
Kirsti Call
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Filled with vibrant language and lovely metaphors, this book shows an authentic relationship between child and grandparent. Reading this with your kids will help you both learn a little tae chi and yoga too!
La La
A wonderful story about how important grandparents can be in a child's life. The illustrations are charming and remind me of the picture books I read to my little sister from the 1970s. The little girl is all happy wiggles and tumbles, and the grandpa is loving, patient, and understanding. I loved the fact that not only was the grandfather teaching his granddaughter new things, but the granddaughter was also teaching him new things! There is a Chinese words dictionary in the beginning of the boo ...more
Robin Newman
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This heartwarming, beautiful story shows us that we’re never too young nor too old to learn from one another. Mei Mei watches her grandfather, Gong Gong, practice his tai chi, and decides to give it a try. When Gong Gong teaches Mei Mei, “Pick Up the Needle from the Sea Bottom,” Mei Mei “hopped and bopped and bumped into grandpa.” She has similar trouble with other tai chi moves, but she doesn’t give up and ultimately adds her own personal touch to what she’s doing. Mei Mei also shares with her ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sylvia Liu has written a delightful story about a special relationship between a little girl (Mei Mei, which means "little sister" in Chinese, Mandarin dialect) and her grandfather (Gong Gong, which means "maternal grandfather," also in Mandarin dialect). The love and trust they share are wonderfully conveyed with humor. They also share their different cultural knowledge and achieve a nice balance of the two in the end, surpassing generational difficulties.

Christina Forshay's pretty and whimsic
Diana Murray
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I love the way she captures Mei Mei's childlike spirit. It felt like a realistic and very sweet moment between grandpa and granddaughter. The phrasing is lyrical and sets the mood nicely. I LOVE how they switch and Mei Mei teaches him about yoga, which he in turn is not very good at. And it's wonderful how they both support each other's efforts even when their movements aren't perfect. I think kids will really respond to this story and want to try all the moves! It's great that they ...more
David Jacobs
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am fortunate to have gotten a preview of this delightfully entertaining book which is being released this Spring. The characters are darling, infused with personality. And the relationship between Mei Mei and Gong Gong is wonderfully entertaining. Love the illustrations as well, they do a great job capturing the spirit of story. A must read for all grandchildren everywhere!!
Donna Weidner
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Morning With Grandpa is whimsical, touching, and heartwarming. Two thumbs up each to Sylvia Liu and Christina Forshay for achieving a beautiful balance of words and pictures in this lovely tribute to a grandparent's special relationship with a grandchild and vice versa. They've also managed to rekindle my love of Tai Chi and Yoga. I'm starting again tomorrow. ...more
Suzanne Morrone
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful glimpse of the special relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. This book is extra special because children are introduced to yoga and Tai Chi. Lyrical language paired with lovely illustrations will make this book a favorite.
Katherine Rothschild
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A morning with grandpa is a wonderfully beautiful and enchanting picture book about the sweet relationship between a little girl and her Gong Gong. Perfect for anyone who is interested in the symbiotic relationship that grandparents and grandchildren have, this beautiful illustrated book shows what grandchildren can teach their grandparents! Highly recommend as it is and can be an interactive book for children to try out tai chi and yoga!
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
What a sweet story! It's an intergenerational story about a young girl and her grandfather who teach each other tai chi and yoga. Mei Mei is too active for the quiet and graceful moves of tai chi, and Gong Gong is too creaky for yoga. Sylvia Liu evokes the natural world with every pose and move. Young children will be up and bending like cranes, dogs, and trees.

The helpful back pages explain the history and postures of these two ancient forms of exercise.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.

A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay is a beautiful homage to the loving bond between grandparent and grandchild. Liu’s descriptive and humorously playful text was complimented by the comforting tones and shapes of Forshay’s art work. Personally, I was most touched by the sincere care the granddaughter expressed towards her grandfather as she encourages him to try out the yoga poses despite his creaky bones. Touching interactions such as this are not only tho
Cam Duong
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, funny story with gorgeous illustrations. Impossible to read to a 2-year-old without getting up and trying the poses! :)
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a very sweet gentle story of a Grandpa who teaches his granddaughter how to do Tai Chi and she teaches him how to do yoga. The book includes explanations of the poses and you learn some Chinese vocabulary too.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Text-to-Teaching Connection:

"A Morning with Grandpa" is a great multicultural book to integrate into the classroom. I can think of two great response activities that are rooted in social studies. First, after reading the book children will conduct a short research project about Thai-Chi, the Chinese art expanded on in the book. The project should help the students to understand that there are other cultures that are possibly not seen in their area, and could interest them in learning about other
Lynn  Davidson
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In talking about A Morning With Grandpa, the first thing to mention is the beautiful cover illustration of a little girl doing tai chi with her grandfather. Next to note is the gold sticker as A Morning With Grandpa won the 2013 New Voices Award!

Sylvia Lui has created a sweet story about a little girl and her grandfather who discover they can’t do exactly the same things so they learn from each other.

Mei Mei, is watching her grandpa do tai chi, so he encourages her to do poses with him. Although
This wonderful debut title from a promising author follows Mei Mei as she notices her grandfather's odd movements in the back yard. As he practices tai chi, he teaches her the movements, but while his are graceful and fluid, hers are a little more energetic and creative. Still, he supports her efforts, and since turnabout is fair play, he willingly agrees to try the yoga poses she employs. Just as her youthful zest and suppleness affected her tai chi moves, so it is with her yoga moves, but so a ...more
Yoo Kyung Sung
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mei Mei learns Tai Chi from her grandpa. Grandpa learns Yoga from Mei Mei.
I appreciate the part when Mei Mei said, " I can do karate. Hi-Yah!" (Gong Gong ) said, " Tai chi isn't that knd of martial art,". It is a simple reply but Gong Gong is sparatin Tai Chi art from from Japanese Martial Arts Karate. Once Karate Kid movie was popular in America and it became the representative Asian martial Arts. It could be problematic..although maintream readers wouldn't really see sensitivity around it. Tai
Kelsee Crenshaw
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A Morning with Grandpa by Sylivia Liu tells a fantastic story of the bond between a grandfather and a grandchild. Every grandchild has something special that they do with their grandparents, some bake cookies and some go shopping. Mei Mei and her grandfather connect by doing yoga poses together. Mei Mei learned a few yoga poses at school and all she wants to do is go home and show them off to her grandfather. Will Mei Mei's grandfather be able to keep up with the bendy poses that Mei Mei is pres ...more
It begins with birdsong. The sky is still dark with a few pinpricks of light left from remaining stars but our avian friends know. They know dawn is coming so they open their beaks letting the notes drift through the air, announcing a new day. As the sky lightens, the wild world awakens. Alarms sound inside homes. It's time to get up. It's time to begin.

Most individuals maintain and even enjoy certain routines in the early hours of the day. A Morning with Grandpa (Lee & Low Books Inc., May 2016)
A.E. Conran
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and warm hearted. Mei Mei is perhaps a little too rambunctious and energy-filled to join in with Grandpa's Tai Chi in the garden, yet she still discovers some special movements of her own. And Grandfather, though equally willing to learn, is perhaps a little too stiff and inflexible for Mei Mei's yoga poses, but the two finally find a pose and energy that suits them both. A humorous look at a loving and fun-filled grandparent, grandchild relationship and how young and old can learn fr ...more
This lovely picture book shares the special relationship that Mei Mei has with her grandfather (Gong Gong). Gong Gong is practicing tai chi in the backyard and Mei Mei wants in on it. I love how the little girl takes each move and makes it her own. After a while she shows Gong Gong some yoga moves she has learned in school. The book also gives more information about tai chi and yoga in the back of the book, making this a nice place to start for research. I want to get a copy of this book for my ...more
Children's Book Academy
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Morning With Grandpa is a fantastic children's picture book that beautifully details the relationship between a young girl, Mei-Mei, and her grandfather, Gong-Gong as they take a moment to exercise in the morning and teach each other Tai-Chi and Yoga. I loved this book so much that I made a short little video about it here. Just wonderful! ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I appreciated how this book introduced both tai chi and yoga, showing that not matter your age or abilities, you can always try something new and have fun! I especially liked how both tai chi and yoga poses were included in the back of the book, in case the reader would like to learn a little more or try the poses themselves. This would be a wonderful interactive story time book, enabling the story to be read and the children to enact the poses of the story.

Carol  V
When grandparents & grandchildren play, they create lasting memories. This wonderful story shares a generational bond as each teaches the other their exercise & relaxation techniques. The illustrations bring joy & laughter as grandpa awkwardly does yoga, & as the little one adds a feisty interpretation of grandpa's gentle tai chai movements. The book offers glossary, exercises, & further reading on tai chai & yoga. Add to a cultural diversity and grandparent collection. ...more
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Sylvia Liu is a middle grade and picture book author inspired by oceans, kraken, cephalopods, and more.

Her upcoming middle grade novels include: MANATEE'S BEST FRIEND (Scholastic, Spring 2021) and Hana Hsu AND THE GHOST CRAB NATION (Razorbill, Summer 2022). Her picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books 2016) was a New Voices Award winner.

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