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By Yin
Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet
2007, 31 pages, Hardback.
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When Ming arrives in San Francisco after the long ocean journey from China, his older brother Shek wastes no time warning him: "Chinese should not go outside Chinatown." Years have passed since Ming's older brothers arrived with the first Chinese railroad workers, but they are still not welcome everywhere.

But then Ming meets Patrick, a young Irish boy with a kind heart. Though the boys come from separate worlds, they learn each other's language and ways. And when Ming's family's store is in danger of closing, their new friendship helps save it, and is a crucial first step toward bringing their two communities together.

Beautifully rendered in richly detailed paintings, this inspiring picture book is the follow-up to Yin and Chris Soentpiet's award-winning Coolies. It is the rarely told story of the first Chinese immigrants and their long road to the American dream, a powerful reminder of what can happen when differences are put aside and friendships are allowed to grow.

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Background on Author and Illustrator

As a girl, Brooklyn-born author Yin could neither speak nor understand English; both her parents, immigrants from Hong Kong, spoke only Chinese at home. However, Yin was able to learn the language with the help of her friends and teachers. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Baruch College and now, as an award-winning writer, finds inspiration in the numerous contributions of the Chinese in American history.

CHRIS SOENTPIET (soon-PEET) is one of the most highly regarded children's book creators in the field. His award-winning picture books reflect his interest in painting people and their distinctive cultures. His realistic style has won him the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

Brothers is a sequel to Yin and Chris's first picture book, Coolies, which won the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the IRA Book Award and was named an ALA Notable Book. Their previous collaboration was the wildly successful Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor. When this husband-and-wife team is not creating picture books, they are visiting schools promoting literacy and the arts.

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