Journeys can be so hard: The Paper Boat

A Refugee Story

by Thao Lam

#ThePaperBoat #NetGalley

This title begins with some newspaper renditions. After this, it is a wordless picture book with the exception of the author’s afterword. The art work is made up of Ms. Lam’s intricate collages.

The book tells the story of a refugee family fleeing Vietnam after the war. It is based on the experiences of the author’s family.

There are many illustrations with humans and others with ants. In her afterword, the author explains this choice. It resonates for her and may well resonate for those who pick up this title as well.

This book is geared toward children in grades one to four. I feel that it is one that may best be looked at with an adult.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

A Kirkus Reviews most anticipated picture book of fall 2020 with starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books — a heartfelt and personal immigration story, new from critically acclaimed author Thao Lam

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