Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Different Pond by Bao Phi - ADVISABLE

Phi, Bao A Different Pond.  PICTURE BOOK.  Illustrated by Thi Bui.  Capstone, 2017.  $16.

A boy’s father wakes him up hours before the sun rises so that they can go down to the pond to fish – not because it’s fun, but because they need the fish to eat.  Recent refugees to America, the fish helps supplement what they can afford.

It s a good thing Bao Phi’s writing is so elegant, to make up for my poor summary.  Both author and illustrator are from Vietnamese refugee families and together they craft a tender look at a life most Americans won’t recognize.  Art and words work together to create an excellent starter for a writing prompt, a reading about immigration, or a look at all the different kinds of families that make up America.

EL (K-3), EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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