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Elizabeth Quans father had made a success in the New World, but he longed for his home in China. So in the early 1920s, he and his family set out on an arduous trip to the far side of the world. By train, ship, ferry, cart, and on foot, Elizabeth, her parents, and her brothers and sisters set off from Toronto to a village in China to visit the grandmother they have never met.

From the mountain of luggage to the whales breaching in the Pacific and geishas on wooden sandals on the cobbled streets of Yokohama, Elizabeth Quan describes sights that would captivate any child. But hers is also a journey of personal discovery. Did she fit in in Canada, where her straight dark hair and even the foods she ate set her apart? Would she fit in in China where she was just as different to the people she met?

In the course of her familys travels she learns that home is a state of mind and that the moon can find us, no matter where we are.The rhythms of travel and the longing for connection are conveyed in lyrical text and lovely watercolors in a truly memorable book.


"Lurking in bookstores this spring are some real treasures for that big, fuzzy group of kids known as middle readers — anyone from 5 to 10 who's edged past picture books but isn't quite ready for Narnia or Harry Potter.

Some of these books are stepping stones, balancing pictures and words more or less equally. One of the loveliest is 'Once Upon a Full Moon,' by the Chinese-Canadian artist... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Elizabeth Quan is a Canadian watercolorist active in the art scene both nationally and internationally, and has been for over 25 years. She is known for her vital and organic impressionistic works which are included in hundreds of private and corporate collections. She was the last protégé of Jack Pollock. Elizabeth holds a BA in East Asian studies from the University of Toronto, and was connected with the Chinese Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum for six years. She has published two books: Quan, My Life My Art, and The Immortal Poet of the Milo — three Chinese puppet plays. She was an active puppeteer for many years. She is widowed with three grown daughters and lives in Toronto.

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Quan, Elizabeth
Tundra Books (NY)
Elizabeth Quan
Social Issues - New Experience
Social life and customs
China Description and travel.
China Social life and customs 1912-1949.
Situations / New Experience
Children s Young Adult-Teen Issues
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