By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 3, 2010
TCBR: Your new book, Mrs. McGee’s Garden, focuses on the message of self-respect and accepting who we are. Can you tell us a little about the story and why you chose to tell the tale through the eyes of a blade of grass?
Lan Nguyen: A blade of grass on the surface appears to be just like any other blade of grass in the yard. It often gets overlooked and underappreciated. As a child moves from the home into pre-k and grade school, they can have the same type of feelings. They move from the comfort of their parent’s home, where they are the center of attention, to an academic environment, where they are a part of a sea of other children and they can sometimes feel lost.