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Book Review: A Different Pond

By Morgan Stout
Photo by Kim Davis
TSOS Books 13

A Different Pond written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui

A Different Pond is author Bao Phi's dedication to his childhood and the part his parents played in seeking safety and providing for their family of eight. In 1975, when he was just a baby, Phi's family migrated from Vietnam to Minnesota as refugees from war. A Different Pond honors Phi's Vietnamese heritage and the memories his family brought across the sea with them and preserved for generations to come. Illustrator Thi Bui was also born in Vietnam and raised in America. Through her artwork, she captures snippets of what life looked like for so many Vietnamese American immigrants.

This book reads well for grade-schoolers of all ages. It provides intimate insight into both the sacrifices made by the protagonist's parents and the bond with his family and the family culture within his home.

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