Snapshots: Shirin Yim Bridges

Since this is the  first “Snapshots” (or should I italicize it?) post, here is a brief introduction. Snapshots (I’m covering my bases) is what happens when we read something (or come upon an author) who is fabulous and we want to share their work but for reasons we do not have the time or opportunity to write a full length post. Snapshots will cover (sometimes very) briefly the book/author/website/movie/whatever we want to share. The Snapshots do not have a set date or time that they will be published and their frequency of their appearance on The Book Wars will be determined by what we are reading and feel sharing. So what I’m saying is, this feature is erratic and unexpected but we hope it will welcome precisely for these very reasons. On to the first Snapshot.

246648Shirin Yim Bridges comes from a family of writers and artists. Her first book, Ruby’s Wish, was named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly, and won the Ezra Jack Keats awards for Best Writer and Best Illustrator in 2003. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into six languages, and is now in its ninth edition.

Shirin’s second book, The Umbrella Queen, made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists 2008: Best Children’s Books, and was also named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2008 by the Bank Street College of Education. The Umbrella Queen has been translated into Chinese and Japanese.

Her third book, Mary Wrightly So Politely, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

In addition to being head goose at Goosebottom Books, Shirin wrote all six books in Goosebottom’s first series, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses. (She’s not doing that again! From now on, many geese will be helping her!)

Shirin has lived in many countries around the world, as is reflected in her writing — Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and England. She was educated in the United States and now nests in California. (source)


I read three of her books this past weekend and enjoyed them all:

Ruby’s Wish with Sophie Blackall, The Umbrella Queen with Taeeun Yoo, and Mary Wrightly, So Politely with Maria Monescillo.

Ruby’s Wish in particular was a fun read with an authentic ring to it as it is Bridges’ grandmother’s story. Bridges has an effervescent style and her stories reflect that. Recommended.