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Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village

Illustrated by Sonja Danowski
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Xiao Le's grandmother lives in a faraway village. A visit with Grandma is always a special event, but this time she is frail. With encouragement from his mom, Xiao Le plays with and helps Grandma. When Grandma dies shortly thereafter, Xiao Le comforts his mom—reminding her that when it rains, Grandma is washing her clothes in the sky . . . and that although the Perfume Village in heaven cannot be reached by train, it can be accessed by the heart. Fang Suzhen’s moving story, with stunning illustrations by Sonja Danowski, is a powerful reminder that love transcends all.

Fang Suzhen is a seasoned children’s author who emerged onto Taiwan’s children’s literary circle in 1975, engaging in and creating children’s poetry, fairy tales and picture books. Through her many years of promoting reading, she has become affectionately known, to young and old readers alike, as ‘Miss Rumphus, the woman who sows the seeds of reading.’ Fang Suzhen has written more than two hundred books and has won numerous awards.

Sonja Danowski was born in Iserlohn, Germany. She studied design in Nuremberg and since then has been working in Berlin as an illustrator. Her work focuses especially on picture books, using images to preserve human memories. Her colorful illustrations have won her many international awards, including the Golden Island Award in the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours 2015. Her first book for NorthSouth Books, Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village, was a Batchelder Honor Book.

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