A Different Pond

A Different Pond

Book - 2017
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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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Aug 26, 2020

This was a wonderful story with beautiful, emotional illustrations that helped my 4.5 yo follow what was happening even if she didn't understand all the words and concepts. She wanted to read it again and talk about it afterwards. Just so parents know, the book discusses war and the death of the father's sibling many years ago.

Aug 30, 2019

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Apr 10, 2019

In this touching, award-winning, autobiographical picture book, author Bao Phi, who immigrated as an infant to the US from Vietnam, describes a single day from his childhood going fishing with his father. Through a simple narrative, the two of them arise before dawn, purchase bait, land a few crappies and return home to mother, and all the while the reader gleans clues about what their lives as newcomers are like.

Feb 20, 2019

As an adult, I'd like to know more about the author. Let's hope the author and illustrator decide to collaborate on a graphic novel for older readers!

P.S. Do not miss the author and illustrator notes at the end of the book!

ArapahoeStaff2 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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Mar 29, 2021

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Jul 06, 2020

My 4 year old cried when she couldn’t find this on the bookshelf because we’d already returned it to the library. It is sweet and touching. Also a St. Paul author.


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