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The Fragrant Garden

by Day's Lee
illustrated by Josee Bellemare

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new experience, multigenerational
list price: $11.95
also available: eBook
published: 2005
publisher: Dundurn
imprint: Napoleon and Co
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
2 to 3
Reading age:
9 to 12
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The Fragrant Garden

Nine-year-old Jade wants more responsibility at her family’s Chinese restaurant, but her father says she’s too young. Then a wok bursts into flames, and Jade saves the day.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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Jade is a curious nine-year-old who likes to help out at her family’s Chinese restaurant, The Fragrant Garden, after school. Though she is often allowed to help set tables or clean up, she longs to be part of the more exciting tasks such as helping in the kitchen or using the cash register. Her father thinks she is too young for these responsibilities - until a fire breaks out in the kitchen. Jade’s quick-thinking response wins her praise and her father reconsiders her request for more responsibility at the Fragrant Garden. This playful character will win the hearts and minds of all who know and love a lively, precocious youngster.

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Day's Lee

Day's Lee was born in Montreal. Her parents operated a Canadian-Chinese restaurant for many years, and her memories of working in the family business are the basis for many stories, including The Fragrant Garden. Lee's Arthur Ellis Award shortlisted stories can be found in the well-known Ladies' Killing Circle anthologies, Fit to Die and When Boomers Go Bad. Lee is a freelance writer with feature articles appearing in national magazines such as New Canadian, The Beaver, and Canadian Living.
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