A Different Pond

A Different Pond

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A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event--a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son--and between cultures, old and new. As a young boy, Bao and his father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. Thi Bui's striking, evocative art paired with Phi's expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred reviews and numerous awards.
Publisher: North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Young Readers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781623708030
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm
Additional Contributors: Bui, Thi - Illustrator


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LPL_PeteF Nov 24, 2017

An amazing, amazing book – I cannot recommend this highly enough. Bao Phi strikes at the heart of what it means to be a member of a family while simultaneously depicting with sincere humanity the challenges of impoverishment and immigration. A true work of art, both lyrically and visually. For ages five to one-hundred and twenty-five. Warning: may make you cry.

Nov 22, 2017

This book took my breath away. The illustrations are gorgeous, and with the format, it almost feels like a graphic novel. The text is simple, but solemn and has a quiet peacefulness to it. I loved this one. One of my favorites from this year!

LibrarianDest Oct 11, 2017

This might be my favorite book of the year. The story is simple on the surface: a boy and his father go fishing. But it's more than that, too. It's about parents working hard and making sacrifices for their children. It's about holding onto memories. It's about growing up. Love it.

Ms_Gaye Oct 07, 2017

A noteworthy book, both in text and illustration, in which we see a small piece of the Vietnamese American immigrant experience from one boy's perspective. Ages 5-8

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