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 works as a storybook artist in Berlin, Germany. She has received several internationally renowned prizes for her richly detailed work, and her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her books for NorthSouth include Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village (Batchelder Honor Book), Smon, Smon and Little Night Cat. In the Garden with Flori is her fourth book for NorthSouth Books and is dedicated to all those who love nature.