Monday, February 5, 2018

Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies
Illustrator: Josee Bisaillon
Publisher: Second Story Press
Release Date: April 18, 2018
Ages: 7-10 years

"Mama, I see your hands,
Coarsened and scratched,
by the twigs and the bark of trees that grow, row on row,
By the leaves and the berries, picked one by one.
I will stay with you."

A little girl realizes the hard work her mother puts in day to day, making her hands rough, her back stoop, and her feet calloused.

Her mother encourages her to go beyond what she herself settled for and buys her daughter books and paper, and shoes to get herself to wherever she needs to go.

This book truly does show the love and bone between a mother and a daughter, and how a mother wants what's best for her child, even if it means that they both have to make sacrifices in order for the daughter to have a better future.

I love that I found a book written by a Vietnamese author who put an emphasis on education and she showed that there is more to life than what is right in front of us. All we need is a push in the right direction and if we're willing, we'll be well on our way to a brighter future.

The description in this small book is astounding, and I felt both the love and the pain in the exchanges between the mom and the daughter. 10/10 book. Must read for every child.


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