A different Pond

Bao Phi
Published by:
Capstone Global Library
Suitable for ages:

This book won the Caldecott Metal in 2018. It tells a story about the struggles of Vietnamese immigrant families to the U.S. It is a useful book for starting a conversation with children about poverty, war, immigration and other related social issues. It is a gentle introduction to these issues through the eyes of a little boy.

I think the best thing about this book, which is what makes it touching, is that it was written with love. You might not necessarily feel that the author has a great literary talent, but you will certainly notice with what love and respect he remembers his parents. There is a particular beauty that touches the heart and wounds it when you see honourable honest people making their way, everyday, through hardship. This book captures that.

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