Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - A Different Pond

Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review - A Different Pond

A Different Pond

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About the Book
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.” Together with graphic novelist Thi Bui’s striking, evocative art, Phi’s expertly crafted prose reflects an immigrant family making its way in a new home while honoring its bonds to the past.

My Take on the Book
This is a powerful story about a family who came to the US from Vietnam in 1975 after the war was over there. The story is from a young boy's point of view of his family and life. Because the author led a life similar to the boy in the story , you see and feel the realness of the events in the story. The family and the boy have struggles with assimilating into the US, but they have family which brings them love and companionship in spite of their challenges. I think this is an excellent book to read to children today . We have many immigrants arriving in our country with different languages and cultures. It will do us all good to learn and appreciate our differences.

The Bui contributes beautiful and sensitive art work to this wonderful book.

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