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Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village

Illustrated by Sonja Danowski
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

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.

About The Author

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.

About The Illustrator

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.


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"This is a sad but warm story which can help young children understand that death is a part of life, and that memories we have of our loved ones continue to bring us comfort after they are gone."

– Five Books

"Beautiful, realistic color illustrations add a timeless touch to this heartfelt storybook, which is also ideal for bridging difficult discussions with young children about losing loved ones."

– Midwest Book Review

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