BOOKS AUTHORED BY YIN
COOLIES • Written by Yin • Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet • Edited by Patricia Lee Gauch • Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.
Set in 1865, COOLIES reveals the harsh truth about life for thousands of Chinese laborers during the construction of the American railroad. Through the eyes of two immigrant brothers, Shek and Little Wong, we share the hardships they face – injuries, explosions and avalanches – and rejoice in their victories. More importantly, the story also challenges us to think about social injustice as we celebrate the love and loyalty between brothers who are determined not only to survive, but to succeed.
2001 Junior Library Guild Selection • 2001 Nest Literary Classics • 2001 Parent’s Choice Gold Award • 2002 Children’s Literature Choice Book • 2002 American Library Association Notable Books • 2002 International Reading Association (IRA) Children’s Book of the Year
“In an impressive debut, Yin illuminates a dark corner of American history–the monumental labor of the thousands of Chinese immigrants who helped build the transcontinental railroad.” – PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
“This is an important story, full of drama and emotion and it is here given its proper recognition and tribute in both words and glorious art. Perhaps it will encourage other grandparents to share their family history as well. Masterful.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
“What a beautiful book by Chris Soentpiet, revealing the important place of the Chinese in our country’s history: these humble laborers built a railroad that united East and West. This title will be provocative for adults as well as young people.” – Jean Fritz, Winner of the Newberry Honor Book, “Homesick”
“This grandly-conceived and beautifully-illustrated oversize picture book merits praise and the widest possible readership. It tells the epic tale of the role that unskilled Chinese laborers played in the building of our transcontinental railroad. It is a gripping story, magnificently illustrated–a book not to be missed.” – Jelma G. Lanes, © 2001 PARENT’S CHOICE AWARDS
BROTHERS • Written by Yin • Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet • Edited by Patricia Lee Gauch • Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.
This inspiring book is the follow-up to Yin and Chris Soentpiet’s award-winning COOLIES. It continues the rarely told story about our first Chinese immigrants and their long road to the American dream. The book is a thoughtful and powerful reminder of what can happen when differences are put aside and friendships are allowed to grow.
2006 Junior Library Guild Selection • 2007 International Reading Association (IRA) Teachers’ Choice • 2007 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Illustrators • 2008 California Young Reader Nominee
“Soentpiet’s luminescent, photo-realistic paintings, which provide many vivid setting details, perfectly complement Yin’s thoughtful text. An afterward clarifies that this story is fiction and offers further information about Irish and Chinese immigration in the mid-1800s and the development of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Great for group sharing, this tale will be welcomed by classes learning about history, immigration, and multiculturalism, as well as how to be a friend.” – Sally Estes, BOOKLIST
“An idealized story with realistic pictures bathed in exaggerated orange light, readers will be fascinated by Soentpiet’s incredible details in the scenes from one street to another and inside the shop.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS
“This upbeat tale is narrated in the present tense by Ming and is accompanied by artist Chris Soentpiet’s beautifully detailed paintings depicting Ming’s new world as a happy, bustling community. Written at a primary level, this book introduces to young readers some basic historical facts about immigrants from China and Ireland who came to America 150 years ago while telling a story of friendship and acceptance. The Soentpiets, a husband and wife author/illustrator team, have also published the picture book Coolies, also about Chinese immigrants.” – American Immigration Council’s Community Education Center
“Because of their large size and intricate detail, each one of Chris Soentpiet’s one-and-a-half page illustrations is a story in itself that is added to by Yin’s text. This optimistic story of young immigrants from different cultures working together to create a better life in the US makes this book useful and worthy of attention as an educational resource at many levels.” – Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
DEAR SANTA: PLEASE COME TO THE 19TH FLOOR • Written by Yin • Illustrated by Chris Soentpiet • Edited by Patricia Lee Gauch • Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.
Ever since the accident, Carlos just isn’t the same. But Christmas is coming, and his best friend, Willy knows that if there is ever a time to cheer Carlos up, it’s now. What better way to lift his spirits than a visit from Santa Claus himself! The trouble is, Santa has never visited the rough neighborhood where the boys live. And even if he did, how would he get all the way up to the nineteenth floor without a chimney? Written and illustrated by the award-winning team of Yin and Chris Soentpiet, this wonderful children’s book is a powerful story of friendship and hope, the true meaning of Christmas.
“This is a powerful, poignant book about dignity and hope in the midst of poverty and despair. Soentpiet’s beautiful, realistic watercolor illustrations contrast starkly with the gritty setting, complementing the mood of the text. This is lengthy for a picture book, yet it is a successful combination of fantasy and realism with an important underlying message: the real gift is that of hope.” – M.W., © October 2002 School Library Journal
“Santa never comes here to this neighborhood,” says Willy, a Hispanic boy who lives in a high rise. Nevertheless, Willy secretly e-mails Santa a request to visit his dejected best friend: “My pal Carlos is in a wheelchair now and could use a good surprise.” Carlos, meanwhile, lobbies Santa on Willy’s behalf. Santa indeed shows up on Christmas Eve bearing gifts-and hope. The urban setting is a welcome addition to the season’s lineup. Soentpiet’s brings high-wattage lighting and a high-contrast palette to his realistic watercolor scenes..” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, © 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“A wonderful Christmas story that shows in pictures and words the hope and magic that Santa Claus brings to the holidays. The illustrations are exquisite. Soentpiet captures human emotion better than any other that I have ever seen.” – JAYME DERBYSHIRE, Children’s Literature