Beyond the Great Mountains: A Visual Poem by Ed Young

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Children’s lit

Medium: Hardcover

Synopsis: China is so much more than its cities, or its food, or culture.

Review: This book easily gets 5 stars for the design.  I mean, we all know that Ed Young is an incredible illustrator, but the design truly is impeccable.  Not only is this a visual poem, but each flap–that’s right, flaps, not pages–reveals a new line as well as an illustration based on the line’s Chinese character translation of the most important word.  It’s such a beautiful way to interweave languages together, and it truly succeeds in doing so.

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