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A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look, now in French. Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this...
A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look, now in French. Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this...
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  • A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look, now in French.

    Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States.

    When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother—a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth—who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most. Stunning illustrations from Vietnamese illustrator Khoa Le bring this intergenerational tale to life.

    "A deep and moving reflection on enduring hardship and generational love. . . . Poignant storytelling with stunning visuals."—starred, Kirkus Reviews

    "A sincere narrative that centers on the power of family love."—starred, School Library Journal

    Minnesota Book Award Finalist, ALA Notable Children's Book, New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, NPR Best Book of the Year

    Une histoire chaleureuse et tendre au sujet d'une petite fille qui trouve de la beauté partout où elle regarde.

    Tiré des expériences de son auteur Kao Kalia Yang, réfugiée Hmong dans son enfance, cet émouvant livre illustré dépeint une famille possédant des trésors d'amour et peu d'argent. Entremêlant l'histoire de Kalia avec celle de sa grand-mère, qu'elle aime, le livre va des jungles du Laos aux premières années que la famille a passées aux États Unis.

    Lorsque Kalia devient malheureuse à cause du manque et décide qu'elle veut un appareil pour avoir un plus joli sourire, c'est sa grand-mère - qui n'a plus qu'une dent dans la bouche - qui l'aide à voir que la véritable beauté se trouve chez ceux que nous aimons le plus. Les splendides illustrations du dessinateur vietnamien Khoa Le donnent vie à ce conte intergénérationnel.

    « Une réflexion profonde et touchante sur les épreuves qu'il faut endurer et l'amour familial. . . . Une histoire poignante avec des illustrations splendides. »—starred, Kirkus Reviews

    « Un récit sincère centré sur la puissance de l'amour familial. »—starred, School Library Journal

    Finaliste du Minnesota Book Award, Livre pour enfants remarquable pour ALA, Meilleur livre pour enfants pour la Bibliothèque Publique de New York, Meilleur livre de l'année pour NPR.

About the Author-

  • Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer, teacher and public speaker. Born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos, she came to America at the age six. Yang holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. Her works of creative nonfiction include The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color, and the upcoming title Somewhere in the Unknown World. Yang has also written multiple children's books such as A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, and The Most Beautiful Thing. Her work has won numerous awards and recognition including multiple Minnesota Book Awards, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, an ALA Notable Children's Book Award, Dayton's Literary Peace Prize, and a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 16, 2020
    Yang centers her cherished paternal grandmother in this poignant picture book memoir. Utilizing the past tense, Yang’s narration is effectively mythologizing (“All my life with her, even with just her one tooth, Grandma never said no when we offered her something to eat”), crafting a portrait of her grandmother as a strong matriarch who was orphaned young, foraged for food for her three younger siblings, and once faced down a tiger, yet still persisted. As Kalia gets older, though, she begins to grow frustrated with the amenities her family regularly forgoes as poor Hmong refugees— and when Kalia asks for braces, Grandma reminds her what truly matters. The level of detail in Le’s textural illustrations, rendered in mixed media and digitally, recalls the intricate needlework designs of traditional Hmong textiles, and the story’s depths of familial love and history ground the narrative. Front matter includes a bilingual glossary, including pronunciations. Ages 7–8. Author’s Agent: Bill Clegg, Clegg Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Kate Kendrick, Astound US.

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