Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子)

by Eugenia Chu


Book Details

Mommy surprises Brandon with his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆), when she picks him up from school one day. When they get home, the adventure begins! While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This adorable story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning, or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.


Book Excerpt


About the Author

Eugenia Chu

Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She is a first generation Chinese-American and lives in Miami Beach with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories. When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own. This is the first “Brandon” story.