Eyes That Kiss In The Corners – Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho

  Eyes That Kiss In The Corners – Joanna Ho, illustrated by Dung Ho, HarperCollins, (9780062915627), 2021

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? In this lyrical picture book an Asian girl realizes that her eyes look different than her peers.  While they have “eyes like sapphire lagoons with lashes like lace trim on ball gowns,”  she has “eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea.”  She celebrates that her eyes are like those of her mother, Amah (grandmother) and Mei-Mei (little sister).  The relationship with each of them is highlighted through the eyes they share.  “When Mama tucks me in at night, her eyes tell me I’m a miracle.”  Amah’s eyes don’t work as they used to but “she sees all the way into my heart…Her eyes are filled with so many stories;” As for her little sister:  “I hope she always looks at me like that forever. Because when she looks at me in that Mei-Mei way, I feel like I can fly.”  This is a beautiful celebration of family love, belonging, and self-esteem.  Lovely digital illustrations perfectly complement the lyrical text with colorful backgrounds filled with Asian motifs.  This is a beautiful celebration of self and Asian culture.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a beautiful book to share with Asian children.  Perfect for a story time or unit on celebrating differences and self-esteem.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/1/2021        

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