Double Happiness

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I want things
that grrrrrr
and whirl—
greasy wheels,
paper planes,
copters, and toads.
Look, I’m a dragon now,
with sharp claws
and shiny scales.
I keep my dragon eyes
wide open for stuff
along the way



Illustration by Alina Chau!



Double Happiness
By Nancy Tupper Ling
Illustrated by Alina Chau
Published by Chronicle Books LLC
ISBN-13: 9781452129181
Age Range: 5 – 8 Years

For their move far away, Gracie and Jake are sad to leave the golden bridge,
the trolley tracks,
and Nai Nai.But they fill empty boxes with treasures—
a marble, a snake,
a pair of wings.
Tiny reminders of all they love—
so happiness stays close,
no matter where they go.
With grace and warmth, this lyrical picture book speaks to the difficulty of transition, and celebrates the ways in which love and family give us the strength to weather life’s changes.

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Nancy Tupper Ling is a children’s author, poet, and librarian. She is the author of Double Happiness (Chronicle Books), The Story I’ll Tell (Lee & Low Books) and My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant St Press). The Ying Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful will be published in 2018 by Putnam.



Alina Hiu-Fan Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry including credits in Ben 10, Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Tale of Despereaux, Land Before Time, iCarly, and other productions. Her illustrations have been featured in art exhibitions worldwide and in the picture books The Nian Monster, Give Please A Chance, and more. She currently resides in San Francisco, California.