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

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