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She is given a magical box of pastels that create a garden where people are healed from their worries and fears without realizing it. This lovely short novel really brings images to the mind.

This sweet story emphasizes the confusion felt by a girl who just wants to fit in. 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. Lisa rated it really liked it Apr 28, Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy.

This sweet story emphasizes the confusion felt by a girl who just wa Preteen Chinese-Australian Mimi is embarrassed of her Asian heritage.

And this is is where the captivating story begins. There seems no end to Mimi’s misery Of course not all is gray and grim in Mimi’s world.

All the locals now jump into the garden paintings and are mentally and emotionally refershed: O’Dell recognizes the real talent that Mimi possesses, and gives her a a trusted set of pastel crayons. Would you like us to keep your Bookworld details, including delivery addresses, order history and citizenship information? Her parents want Mimi to be involved in Chinese activities and to be proud of her heritage but they don’t understand what misery she is put through at school real and imagined.


I really liked the story line but felt like the book could have been fleshed out more and a longer story could have been written around the same story line. The balance that results makes this primarily fantasy novel, “The Garden of Empress Cassaia”, an altogether enjoyable book. She is given a set of magical pastels which allows certain people to “enter” the paintings she draws on the sidewalk.

Wang takes fl readers along as well, now begins. She doesn’t like being different from the kids at school, and doesn’t like being called “Smelly-Lou” who would? Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage.

Be the first to ask a question about Garden Of Empress Cassia. May 18, Annie rated it it was amazing.

El Jardn de la Emperatriz Casia – Gabrielle Wang

Apr 30, Miriam rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 cassia they are healed.

Her parents own a herbalist store where the local townsfolk come in for natural remedies for their aches and pains. You added your first item into your Library. 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.

Quick read for middle primary. You can also mark books that you’re reading, or want to read. But the pastels are ancient, mysterious and powerful, and in the wrong hands, can be dee dangerous. I honestly enjoyed this. This novel is recommended for young jardun. Get information about new releases for these contributors straight to your inbox.


This wonderful short novel is meant for young readers children and middle grade. The plot was fascinating,the author used her artistic vision to create an enchanting story. Mimi re fed up with being different from the other children at school and wants to fit in.

El Jardn de la Emperatriz Casia – Gabrielle Wang

Mimi, the main character, doesn’t like being and feeling different than the other children. 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 Aug 05, Michelle rated it liked it. Mimi just doesn’t feel in any way that she “fits into” her upper elementary school. But this girl has a great talent in drawing and painting which she’s happy about ,that’s why her Art teacher,Miss O’Dell gave her a special box of color pastels that she later on learned was magical.

She just wants to fit in. An interesting, engaging Australian fantasy about a Chinese girl bullied in school and wrestling with her cultural identity who finds refuge in her art. Mimi’s Garden of the Empress Cassia can in the wrong hands, Gemma, be used for evil as well.