A Different Pond
written by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui
A Different Pond lies in Vietnam where Bao’s father used to fish. Now the two are heading to a Minnesota pond in the early morning to fish. They stop at the bait shop first, where Bao overhears that his father has taken another job to support his family.
Bao Phi’s memories of fishing with his father form this award-winning, heart warming picture book. We feel the bonds between the two; see the father understand how the boy cannot bait the minnow, understand the boy’s wonderings about his father’s war-torn past. Furthermore there is much to consider in this story. What happened to Bao’s uncle? Why are his father’s teeth so broken? Why do the neighbourhood boys say that Bao’s father’s ‘English is like a thick, dirty river’? What happens to the family?
Like My Name is Not Refugee this title is a proud story that recognises the real-life efforts and needs of immigrant families. It is a respectful, proud, beautiful picture book that merits attention, reading and knowing. Bookwagon is proud to present A Different Pond to our readers.
Caldecott Honor winning title