Wonderfully Made 奇妙的傑作 is a picture book for children ages 5 – 10, the author shares her story and struggles of fitting in as a child immigrating to a new place. Along the way she met Indigenous friends and learned about their stories that helped transform her journey in embracing her own cultural roots.
What inspired me to write my story?
In September 2019, I saw an infographic online about the lack of diversity there are in children's book characters for the year 2018. Did you know that less than 25% of the books are written to reflect children of colour? Only 7% of America’s children’s books have Asian characters and only 1% have Indigenous characters. While I cannot represent all children of colour, at least I can share my own heritage, my own story and friendship with Indigenous community.
Bilingual Version 中英對照
The Chinese language is beautiful. The bilingual version showcases the uniqueness of Chinese traditional characters with Mandarin pinyin 繁體字加普通話拼音. Both kids and adults can read and follow along with the Chinese pronunciation.
The Chinese book title is 奇妙的傑作 which literally means "Wonderful masterpiece".
Illustrator of "Wonderfully Made"
Melanie Choi is a Vancouver based illustrator and designer. She specializes in digital illustrations and mixed media. Drawing much of her inspiration to create from her family's Hong Kong background. Melanie has a BFA in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design . You can find her personal works on: