In the picture book Double Happiness by Nancy Tupper Ling and illustrated by Alina Chau (Chronicle Books), Nai Nai gives her Chinese American grandchildren each a box. Into that box they place the things that will remind them of their life in San Francisco, their emotions about moving away and their excitement about their new home on the East Coast.
“A thoughtful and moving story of memory and change.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
ORIGAMI & POETRY ACTIVITY
For Classrooms, Libraries & Community Groups
ACTIVITY: DOUBLE HAPPINESS BOX
Borrowing from the Japanese tradition of origami, readers can make their own Double Happiness Box. Pair this activity with the Poetry of Place activity to turn their Double Happiness Box into a tool for writing poetry!
ACTIVITY: POETRY OF PLACE
The characters in this prose poetry story fill small boxes with objects, memories, and emotions that remind them of their new home and their old home. Poems are also a collection of objects, memories, and emotions expressed in words. Using this activity, readers can follow prompts to collect words for a poem about place.
AN EVENT POSTER is also included in this kit!
DOUBLE HAPPINESS & CHINESE AMERICAN CULTURE
Double Happiness contains subtle, but rich details of Chinese American culture. Explore ongoing features on Chinese and Chinese American culture (related to this and forth- coming books by Nancy Tupper Ling) to incorporate into your teaching or events.
Engagement / Programming Tool:
View, Download & Print Double Happiness Origami Box
& Poetry Activities
Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Booksellers, Grades 00-03
Children Grades 00-03
More on the Book:
By Nancy Tupper Ling
Illustrated by Alina Chau
Published by Chronicle Books LLC
Age Range: 5 – 8 Years