A Different Pond by Bao Phi

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Read A Different Pond Online Free - 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.

Title : A Different Pond
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ISBN : 1479597465
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 0 pages


Mischenko rated it ★★★★★

March 10, 2017

A Different Pond by Bao Phi is a children's book about a family who came to America (Minnesota) from Vietnam as refugees. The story is mainly about Bao and his father's trip to the pond to fetch dinner. During the trip, Bao learns about why his mom and dad have to work so hard for a living as eve...

David rated it ★★★★★

November 22, 2017

Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #16 of 2017. And now we are within 3-4 books to finish, and can as a family s...

Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2018

It's a simple story of a boy and his father rising early to go fishing before the father must go to work at his second job, but it's also the rich intersections between the American and Vietnamese cultures, between the old and the new lives. The illustrations are lush and filled with lots of spac...

Danielle rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2017

This completely drew me in with its descriptive, beautiful language and imagery. The story of a boy going fishing with his father early one Saturday morning in order to feed the family is about so much more.

Carla rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

This is a great story to read when studying about multi-culturalism, heritage, and customs around the world. Bao, a young Vietnamese boy wakes very early on a Saturday morning to go fishing with his father in a pond nearby. He explains that everything in America is expensive, and even though he i...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2017

Beautiful in its simplicity. Highly recommended.

Elizabeth rated it ★★★☆☆

December 14, 2017

"A kid at my school said my Dad's English sounds like a thick, dirty river. But to me his English sounds like gentle rain." The immigrant experience is both universal and unique, and this picture book for kids explores themes of displacement, family, and making sense of the world around you. I'm d...

Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

Bao Phi tells the story of an early early morning fishing trip with his father. The trip is not for recreation; it is for food. Bao's father and mother immigrated to America from Vietnam and worked hard to raise a family. A Different Pond is a quiet book, but it tells an important story. The live...

BookishDubai rated it ★★☆☆☆

April 28, 2017

A bit too simple for my taste.

Jeimy rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2017

Simple, elegant story inspired by the author's childhood of the sacrifices parents make to offer their children a better life than the ones they had while growing up.

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