Little Game Maker
Written and illustrated by Kat Min
Little Playmaker is like Santa Claus for the elderly. Do grandmothers like to play? Of course, they do.
Little Toy Maker makes toys specifically for grandparents and other seniors. Make magic toys for them.
He was visited by an elderly woman like his grandmother on Rainbow Mountain. She wanted the little toy maker to make a game out of it. I brought her an old pink candy box. He was excited to create something special for her. Little Playmaker knew that Grandma had a young man living inside of her; She also loves games.
The little toy maker was so thrilled that she had made a beautiful bird that magically flew out of her box when she opened it. But grandma doesn’t want that game. Try Little Playmaker again. This time, a big reddish flower came out of the tin with a mysterious yellow insect. It was also fun, but the grandmother looked sad. This was not the game I dreamed of.
The little toymaker realized that he needed to spend some time talking with Grandma to understand what she hoped to get in her game. The Little Toymaker listened to the grandmother telling him of her past memories when the young man, who was the love of her life, enjoyed each other’s company. They have walked, talked and gone many places together. Her memories were special treasures.
The little playmaker had an idea. He went to work on her game. Later he gave Grandma her tin can. I looked at her curiously. She opened the tin can slowly, and her precious times with the young man spilled out of the tin. My grandmother was very happy.
The caring little toy maker learned that sometimes to make magical toys, one has to take some time to learn about a person’s life and dreams.
Little Toy Maker is a generous and loving person who makes adorable Santa Clauses for grandmothers and other elderly people.
This book is exceptional. The story is well developed with gorgeous illustrations that bring humor, bold colors, and dreamlike qualities to the picture book! Get it for your little reader and have fun sitting together to share the story of little Santa Claus.
Tofu takes time
Written by Helen H. Woo
Illustrated by Julie Jarema
Grandma Nai decided to teach her granddaughter Lin how to make tofu from scratch. This precious story is about how Lin learns to be patient as her grandmother takes her through the steps of making delicious tofu.
First, NaiNai puts the soybeans in a huge bowl. “Crack, Plank, Plank.” Lynn says to her grandmother, “That doesn’t sound like toful!” Her grandmother explains that tofu starts with a soybean seed, a seed that needs soil, water, and sun to grow.
Next NaiNai adds water to the soybeans and blends them in the blender. Soy milk is filtered, “bitter, bitter, dish.” “Is it done?” Lin asks. “Be patient,” says NaiNai.
Grandma heats up soy milk and puts some lemon juice in it which causes the curds to “drip, drop, stir”.
NaiNai then pours the tofu into cheesecloth and strains the liquid. The tofu begins to take shape and Lin pushes the pot’s lid down to help the tofu form, “squeeze, squash, squash”.
Now Lin must wait. “Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.”
“Can I get some now?” Lin asks.
“Be patient,” says NaiNai.
Grandma reads Lynn some books while she waits.
Finally, NaiNai chops up the tofu, mixes it with soy sauce, scallions, and oil, and cooks it in a wok.
Delicious and soft tofu so happy to make with NaiNai.
Lin taught, “Good things take time!”