Ming's Christmas Wishes by Susan L. Gong

Is it too early for Christmas books? No way! I love being prepared. So, why not update my Christmas library section? Here is a wonderful book called, Ming's Christmas Wishes by Susan L. Gong.


Ming wishes for three things at Christmas. First, to sing in the school Christmas choir. Second, to have a Christmas tree like the one in the department store window. And third, to feel she belongs somewhere.

As a daughter of immigrants in 1930s California, Ming is often treated differently than other children at school. She’s pointedly not invited to sing in the Christmas choir. At home, when Ming lobbies her parents for a Christmas tree, her mother scolds her for trying to be American. Ming doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere: she’s not quite American enough at school, not quite Chinese enough at home.

Seeing his daughter’s unhappiness, Pop takes her into the mountains to visit a wise old friend. Always happy for an adventure with her kind father, Ming hopes to persuade Pop to bring home a mountain pine to be their Christmas tree. But he has something else in mind, something that will help Ming draw strength from nature, from their Chinese heritage, and from deep and enduring family ties.

Inspired by family stories.

In Emilee's opinion:

I enjoyed Ming's Christmas Wish. I appreciated the beautiful illustrations. Ming's Christmas Wish was a short story about a young girl named Ming who had three wishes. I loved how simple Ming's wishes were. She wanted to sing in the school Christmas choir, to have a Christmas tree and to feel like she belonged somewhere. Is that too much to ask? Will her wishes come true? Sometimes, it feels like our wishes or dreams are impossible. Sometimes, there is opposition. But, sometimes, there are people like "Pop" who cheer us on and teach us along the way. Ming's Christmas Wish was a wonderful reminder we are different and come from many different backgrounds. But, we all belong somewhere and we can learn how to adapt to our surroundings. I recommend this well written book.

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