I Am Golden by Eva Chen art by Sophie Diao
We see eyes that point toward the sun, that give us the warmth and joy of a thousand rays when you smile.
We see hair as inky black and smooth as a peaceful night sky. We see skin brushed with gold.
It is difficult to image a more glowing, self-affirming picture book for a child than I Am Golden. This ode a Chinese American child exudes with positivity and gorgeous imagery. Text is laden with homages to a Chinese heritage: dragons, a phoenix, sizzling garlic, lotus blossoms and bao.
Mei and her parents left their home in China and immigrated to the United States where she lives a bifurcated life of an immigrant: popular music and pizza at school, Mandarin and at home
Chen poetically explores the concept of identity, emphasizing the characteristics which make Mei unique. Her individuality is her superpower.
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The author's note offers context, describing a childhood incident that inspiration the creation of I Am Golden.