This is a beautiful book. It tells the story of a Hmong family. They have emigrated to the U.S. and are living in a new community. This book follows the daughter of the family over many months. During this time, she gets to meet her elderly neighbors, welcomes twin brothers, spends time outdoors, watches the seasons change and offers comfort to an older man in a time of loss. I think that readers will be touched as they learn about and see the map into the world. This book is lyrically, charmingly and beautifully illustrated. The author and illustrator seem to have worked together seamlessly. All in all, a wonderful book.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this touching book. All opinions are my own.
Of note is that the book is about a Hmong family. This group emigrated to the U.S. after the Vietnamese War. I highly recommend the book for adults The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. My earlier review is below:
I am reading this nonfiction title for an undergraduate class, Religion and Healing. This book offers a profound look at the culture, practices and beliefs of the Hmong people and how these clash with Western medicine when the Lee’s daughter, Lia, is found to have epilepsy (in Hmong culture, the title of the book is the Hmong word for this condition.) This book is enlightening and heartbreaking. In our current political climate, it offers a poignant reminder of the importance of learning about other’s belief systems without judging. Recommended for all readers but especially for those in the “helping” professions.