Article Title

My Beijing


Laura Dekle


Excellent, Primary, Intermediate, Cultural, Adventurous, Graphic Novel

Document Type

Book Review


Hu’er lives in Beijing with her charming and quirky Grampa. Hu’er is often carried or pushed in a wheelchair due to a physical disability that affects her legs. She and Grampa live in a hutong, which is like a mix between a cul-de-sac and an alleyway. The four mini-stories in this book chronicle the adventures Hu’er and Grampa have in and around their hutong. When a public pool will not accept Hu’er because of her physical limitations, Grampa teaches her the formations of swimming on a rope in their yard. One day while Grampa is napping, Hu’er meets a mysterious boy who teaches her to find wonder and beauty in nature. Grampa tells Hu’er the fascinating and surprising story of how he met her Gramma when he was a mailman. Finally, Hu’er and Grampa charm a grumpy older neighbor by paying attention to his dreams and then saving his life.