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Larissa Fan

Larissa Fan is a Toronto-based artist, writer and short filmmaker. She earned a BA from OCADU and an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto. Fan is working as a social media marketer with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)

Ten Little Dumplings

Illustrated by Cindy Wume.
Toronto: Tundra Books, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

If one son is lucky, then ten must be great luck indeed! But where does that leave an only daughter? Based on a true family story, this inspiring picture book about a different perspective tells the tale of a girl determined to be seen, who finds her own voice and makes her own luck.

In the city of Fengfu, there lives a very special family — special because they have ten sons who do everything together. Their parents call them their ten little dumplings, as both sons and dumplings are auspicious. But if you look closely, you’ll see that someone else is there, listening, studying, learning and discovering her own talent — a sister. As this little girl grows up in the shadow of her brothers, her determination and persistence help her to create her own path in the world . . . and becomes the wisdom she passes on to her own daughter, her own little dumpling.

Based on a short film made by the author, inspired by her father’s family in Taiwan, Ten Little Dumplings looks at some unhappy truths about the place of girls in our world in an accessible, inspiring and hopeful way.


Publisher Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada