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El Jardn de la Emperatriz Casia – Gabrielle Wang
But the pastels are ancient, mysterious and powerful, and in the wrong hands, can be very dangerous. Paperbackpages.
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The story has this timeless, classic quality to it that made me devour every cxsia of this little, pretty book.
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I love the diversity of the characters, the creativity of the plot and the magic that mystifies the entire thing. I think the characters are greatly developed including the minor ones though words and pages are used There is a very genuine Chinese feel to this charming epmeratriz about Mimi, a Chinese-Australian young girl who received the most fascinating gift- a set of magical oil pastels. I think the characters are greatly developed including the minor ones though words and pages are used sparingly.
The illustrations are wonderful and quite imaginative. I honestly enjoyed this. This is the kind of novella I am certain younger readers would appreciate. View all 23 comments. May 18, Annie rated it it was amazing. Mimi and her special mardin of pastels Mimi rolls her fingers along the pastels, with pure care and gentlenesss, she was the one, the chosen one.
Nov 13, Rebekah rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was really sweet and encouraging. What makes this novel by Gabrielle Wang so intriguing is that she mixes reality, fantasy, and doses of philosophy on the origins of good and evil in equal parts.
The balance that results makes this primarily fantasy novel, “The Garden of Empress Cassaia”, an altogether enjoyable book. The central character 12 year Mimi is awash with the uncomfortable feelings of parents whose Chinese heritage of heavily Mandarin influenced English accent, cutltural traditions of celebrating New Years and smell o What makes this novel by Gabrielle Wang so intriguing is that she mixes reality, fantasy, and doses of philosophy on the origins of good and evil in equal parts.
The central character 12 year Mimi is awash with the uncomfortable feelings of parents whose Chinese heritage of heavily Mandarin influenced English accent, cutltural traditions of celebrating New Years and smell of dumplings, rice, and noodles is making Mimi’s transition from childhood to adolescence even more of challenge. Mimi just doesn’t emperatdiz in any way that she “fits into” her upper elementary school.
Her parents own a herbalist store where the local townsfolk cssia in for natural remedies for their aches and pains. Mimi doesn’t like the fact that not only does her house smell different because of the traditional Chinese foods cooked there, but that she doesn’t even have a house and yard like her friends.
Instead, Mimi’s parents have a sidewalk. Her school mates notice these differences and call her Smelly-Loo. To top it off, Her father Dr. To top it off, Mimi has a fantastic ability and love for drawing and painting. Unfortunatley, her father thinks this ability is a waste of her energy and that Mimi is not only being willful, but recklesss with her future, and dishonoring her ancestors in the process.
There seems no end to Mimi’s misery Of course not all is gray and grim in Mimi’s world. Mimi has one advocate in teacher and fellow artist Mrs. O’Dell recognizes the real talent that Mimi possesses, and gives her a a trusted set of pastel crayons.
The real journey of Mimi from reality to fantasy, Ms. Wang takes the readers along as well, now begins.
The crayons in the gifted hands of Mimi not only inspire her empsratriz new heights of creative imagination, Mimi creates a theme for the seasons titled ‘Four Seasons in a Day’, but the beauty is attracting crowds who marvel at her ability to capture in such a realistic way the serenity of a peaceful garden through the theme of changing seasons. Crowds begin to form outside her parents herbalist shop to soak in the wonderous settings drawn on the sidewalk. But, the beautiful murals are more than just works of art, they are portals of healing where individuals with physical, emotional, and psychological ills can literally immerse themselves in these paintings and enter a different dimension where they are healed.
All the locals now jump into the garden paintings and are mentally and emotionally refershed: Jacob meets her dead husband George, Mrs. Honeybun, and the young drfiter Mr.
All are given new life when they meet their ills and conquer them in these gardens of peace and tranquility painted by Mimi. O’Dell warns Mimi that she is never to let anyone elese use her pastel crayons, and we find out in her nemesis Gemma uardin in the hands of those with malevolent thoughts, wishes, and desires any number of bad things for all in the town including Gemma can take shape.
Gabrielle Wang’s fantasy novel really takes the reader on an adventure. We see the very real painful experiences of growing up Chinese-Australian. One can understand why Gabrielle feels “embarassed” about her parents, her clothes and food, and the various traditons which seem to be preventing her from being a normal pre-teen in Australia.
Wang’s writing is simple in style, but it belies a complexity of ideas that stir like an underwater current just under the surface. Realistic topics of coming of age, intergenerational attitudes, of independence, and artistic versus career ambitions are in conflict throughout the novel.
Meanwhile, Gabrielle Wang uses the medium of fantasy to discuss an important philosophical and spiritual theme; art is both a means towards healing and self discovery for both Mimi and all who encounter it. Mimi’s Garden of the Empress Cassia can in the wrong hands, Gemma, be used for evil as well. The reader gets the message that some individuals will attempt to use her gifts for their own selfish pursuits and usually at the destruction of others. The idea of good and evil coming from the pastel crayons being determined by the person who wields the tools is both a good vehicle to drive this fantasy plot, and a very real commentary that it is the person and not the devices we use in this person which can create good and bad outcomes.
Gabrielle Wang’s “The Garden of Empress Cassia” is a slim novel packed full of ideas the authors poses to the reader. Gabrielle Wang generally was recommended to me by Kirsty Murray and Erin-from-Penguin Books, both of whom sang praises of Wang’s new book The Ghost in my Suitcase coming e later this year. Needless to say, I will be reading that one. But I’d had my eye on “The Garden of the Empress Cassia” for a while, and the jwrdin recommendation of Kirsty and Erin was what I needed to take it off casi shelf and take it home.
It’s a Younger Readers book – mid-late Primary and early Secondary – of a sort of Gabrielle Wang generally was recommended to me by Kirsty Murray and Erin-from-Penguin Books, both of whom sang praises of Wang’s new book The Ghost lx my Suitcase coming out later this year.
Mimi Lu doesn’t like being Chinese. She doesn’t like being different from the kids at school, and doesn’t like being called “Smelly-Lou” jardn would? She’s teased and bullied for her difference, and on top of that, her parents want her to focus on getting good grades when what she wants to do is draw pictures.
Her art teacher at school is sympathetic and lets Mimi have extra classes at lunchtime. And then she gives Mimi a set acsia “Empress Cassia pastels”. Empeeatriz draws the Garden of Empress Cassia outside her parent’s Herbal Medicine shop, and all sorts of things begin to change.
But I did love the book overall, and the ending is terribly, wonderfully gripping. There are also ways in which this book can be read as a meditation on cultural appropriation which would be an interesting topic to discuss further with Kirsty Oct 07, Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it Shelves: She said that the inspiration for the story was an incident that had casua when she was a child. The story of the Garden is that of a Chinese girl Mimi jardn is given a box of coloured chalk by her art teacher and made to promise that no one else will be allowed to touch Gabrielle Wang told a curious story about The Garden of the Empress Cassia when she was at the Somerset Celebration of Literature in The story of the Garden is that of a Chinese girl Mimi who is given a box of coloured chalk by her art teacher and made to promise that no one else will be allowed to touch them.
With these pastels, she begins to draw on the pavement outside her home. She discovers that the vivid life-like garden she executes has an almost magical quality which causes passers-by to stop and look.
Then a bystander disappears—and re-appears. It transpires that Mimi has drawn the Garden of the Empress Cassia—a sanctuary created for the people of China in a long ago war. The garden disappeared one day and is believed to float between heaven and earth. Jul 16, ILoveBooks rated it really liked it. This novel is meant for young readers, the vocabulary is easily understandable to children and the concepts are simplified.
Mimi, the main character, doesn’t like being and feeling different than the other children. She just wants to fit in. The plot dee very different and the reader will enjoy reading about the pastels and the ups and downs of using them. The story is very creative and is sure to cap This novel is meant for young readers, the vocabulary is easily understandable to children and the concepts are simplified. This novel is recommended for young children.
Oct 17, Caitlin rated it really liked it Shelves: This lovely short novel really brings images to the mind. Mimi is fed up with being different from the other children at school and wants to fit in.
When her art teacher gives her a box of enchanted pastels, Mimi is transported through her drawings to a magical garden between heaven and earth. In the wrong hands, however, the pastels can be dangerous Aug 05, Jaq rated it really liked it.
An absolutely charming tale, and full of adventure, art and the beautiful gardens of the Empress.