Here’s the truth of the matter. In 2015, my book Lost. Found. came out to rave reviews. It was illustrated by Matthew Cordell, 2018 Caldecott medalist. It’s a special book that consists of just two words, repeated. That special book, about a Bear who loses his red scarf in a wintry wood, was to be followed by a second. Indeed, when Lost. Found. was bought, a second book was bought by the publisher, one I had yet to write. I decided my second book would be Mine. Yours. with the same characters. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for the publisher.
Eventually, I decided to change my characters. They would all be Asian animals and they would all be playing Asian games in the story. It so happened that this Mine. Yours. was loved by a different publisher. I’m so happy Big Panda, Little Panda, and all the rest found a sweet home in Toronto, Canada, with Kids Can Press!
School Library Journal
PreS-K–Three simple words shape the narrative of this quiet picture book with a loud message about community…All the while, the little panda is teaching the forest a new word, “OURS!” Rendered in watercolor and pen-and-ink, Leng’s detailed, expressive, soft-hued illustrations drive the story. VERDICT A delicate, whimsical tale of community, friendship, and belonging. Recommended for one-on-one or small group sharing.
- The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019