Chinese American

The Truant Tricycle. Marion. /C. Leslie Crandall, ill. Hollow-Tree House, 1948

The Truant Tricycle.

When Bobby saw the Bicycle in the park, he forgot his old friend Ting-a-Ling. So the tricycle went exploring, down the steep hill. He was rescued by Tommy Lee, who fixed him up and loved him. Then Tommy's father saw the Lost and Found ad! All ends happily. Set in San Francisco on Nob Hill and in Chinatown, a nice little story of two city cultures connected by good parents and a tricycle. Beautiful colours by a Bohemian artist/partner who designed games for CADACO in Chicago, with an Art Deco feel. You can even buy a print online of the cover illustration! The Hollow-Tree Book publishing house was short lived. All their books were illustrated by Crandall, and may have been a side product of the game company, since even at that time $1 was very inexpensive for such colour and design.



Child of the Owl.

All her life Casey has lived with her happy-go-lucky father, following the horse races. Now she must move into her grandmother's tiny apartment in Chinatown. A fascinating account of how she comes to know her Chinese heritage, with strong characters. Jane Addams Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.



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