A Different Pond
  • A Different Pond
  • A Different Pond
  • A Different Pond
  • A Different Pond
  • A Different Pond
ISBN: 1623708036
EAN13: 9781623708030
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 1, 2017
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 1" H x 11" L x 9" W
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi 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. The New York Times has said that Bao Phi's poetry rhymes with the truth. Kirkus Reviews calls A Different Pond a must-read for our times. Thi Bui's striking, evocative art paired with Phi's expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred reviews.

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   Important story, told well, beautifully illustrated
A beautiful story that connects a young boy fishing with his father for dinner with the father's history as a young boy fishing with his brother in Vietnam. There is a strong sense of history and family and a glimpse into the life of the immigrant who is trying to make it in a new country. Thoughtful prose by Thi Bui with beautiful illustrations by Bao Phi make this a really lovely book. Plus, there is a bit at the end that tells the reader something about the life experiences of the author and the illustrator that is well worth a read.
   Subtle story of those less fortunate
This book promotes discussion and explanations while reading. My parents were immigrants and now know more than ever how much they worked and sacrificed for our family. This story becomes lost with each succeeding generation and in this current environment, it is all the more important to remind ourselves how fortunate we are.
Beautifully simple story with beautiful illustrations. From the child perspective, it gives a glimpse into the life of an immigrant family struggling to feed the children, but focuses on the wonder of innocence. My 8yr old son said, That's it? They go fishing just like that. The sublty and struggle of the family was lost to him. He thought that the book was just OK. But my 5 year old daughter asked to have this book read dozens of times to her. She seems to connect with the child's wonder and sometimes touches the images in the book.
   Shows but doesn't tell
This is a beautiful book with text and illustrations. So many timeless issues such as refugees, diversity, loss, family, war, but these things are addressed in a way that brings them inside the reader without using any of those actual words. The illustrator borrowed photos used by the author and the combination of text and illustration works in a way that is unusually effective. My granddaughter, who is five, really likes this book and we will read it many times.
   I loved it
I loved that it was simple and elegant and expressive ''. I chose this rating because I spent a very little bit of time and an even smaller bit of money, and the return I received was enormous - what not to love?
   Great Book but Defective
The original book and the replacement have defects. The first had several pages glued together not at the top and two pages that were cut together. The replacement had two sheets glued together. Originally, this was intended to be a gift, but I am not going for #3, so I will use the book only to read children in my family. I think now twice before ordering any ore books from Amazon.
   Inspiring connection and empathy, page by page.
Stunning poetry, alongside pure art. This is a big, important book, but one that inspires conversations about gentle topics in ways that the youngest readers can access. We NEED stories about the refugee experience, for every child, and this is one I am happy to be able to share with my children.
   A Tender and Well Told Story
This most delicately illustrated book tells the story of a father and son's early morning fishing expedition with gentle reminders-at both visual and written-to the struggles of immigrant life. It is a memorable book that you read over and over again. For the children of your life, buy several copies.
   Beautifully written and illustrated
The author shares his heritage with his son through a simple book of a beautiful day in his life. The words and illustrations are moving and you see everything from the point of view of the son.
   This is a beautiful book that follows a boy and his father on ...
This is a fair book that follows a boy and his father on an early-morning fishing trip. Though the trip is a bonding experience, it is also a multi-layered journey where the boy gains insight into what his father lost as a Vietnamese refugee and his struggles as a man working two jobs to support his family in Minneapolis. It is a peaceful yet powerful book with beautiful illustrations.