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About Natasha Yim
I'm a Northern California children's author, freelance writer, and playwright. My first picture book, "Otto's Rainy Day", a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing in 2000; a picture book biography, "Cixi, The Dragon Empress", about the last empress of China, was released by Goosebottom Books in October 2011, followed by "Sacajawea of the Shoshone", the amazing story of the Native American teenager who traveled the west with Lewis and Clark, in October 2012. "Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas", a multicultural re-telling of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, was published by Charlesbridge Publishing in Jan. 2014. It was a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection. "The Rock Maiden", another re-envisioned folk tale was released by Wisdom Tales Press in March 2017.
I have also published non-fiction articles in the children's magazines, Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, Faces, and Muse, and for adults in local and regional publications such as Mendocino Arts, Vibrant Life, and UnchARTed magazines. My ten-minute plays have been produced and performed in venues around Northern California--Ukiah, Santa Rosa, Guerneville--as well as in Los Angeles, and internationally, in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
I was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong. I came to California in 1979 to attend Dominican College (now University) where I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature with a Writing Emphasis and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. As a Social Worker, I worked primarily with emotionally disadvantaged children in group home and foster home settings, and with Child Protective Services. Currently, I work part time at the Mendocino County Office of Education, but work on my writing every chance I get.
I have written stories since I was 11 years old, and even though I'm interested in writing in a wide-range of genres and topics from picture books to plays, from travel and food writing to profiles, my heart has always been in writing for children.
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It's Chinese New Year, and Goldy Luck’s mother wants her to take a plate of turnip cakes to the neighbors. The Chans aren’t home, but that doesn’t stop Goldy from trying out their rice porridge, their chairs, and their beds—with disastrous results.
In this funny and festive retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Natasha Yim and Grace Zong introduce a plucky heroine who takes responsibility for her actions and makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!), just in time for Chinese New Year.
Includes back matter about Chinese New Year and a recipe for turnip cakes.
On Luna's birthday, the whole family goes out for dim sum--but Luna and her brothers can't agree on how to share their pork buns fairly. How can three people divide up five buns? Should some siblings get more than others? Or should they cut the buns into smaller and smaller pieces so everyone gets the same amount? A playful exploration of division and fractions, featuring Chinese American characters and a cultural note.
Storytelling Math celebrates children using math in their daily adventures as they play, build, and discover the world around them. Joyful stories and hands-on activities make it easy for kids and their grown-ups to explore everyday math together. Developed in collaboration with math experts at STEM education nonprofit TERC, under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame whose ignorance brought a centuries-old dynasty crashing down, ending the imperial system that had ruled China for millennia.