Local Children's Book Author, Bao Phi, is one of those amazing hidden treasures of the Twin Cities. His book, A Different Pond, is a Caldecott winner. This beautiful book is one of those picture books that is worth adding to your keep shelf. He was born in Vietnam but grew up in the Phillips neighborhood here in Minneapolis.
Picture Books by Bao Phi
Bao Phi's first picture book, A Different Pond, won a Caldecott award.
Hello, Mandarin Duck!:
Twins Hue and Hoa are excited for the May Day parade! While waiting at the park for the parade to begin, they spot a little duck who seems new to the neighborhood--and looks confused by the crowd and commotion. How can the twins help the duck get to the pond? Many friends from the neighborhood stop to say hello and offer suggestions. Teamwork, collective brainstorming, and the duck's own inspiration finally help it reach its new home--with an entire community welcoming it with a parade! A celebration of a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood that warmly welcomes newcomers from near and far, this story also encourages communal problem-solving and offers a gentle reminder of the deportation fears many children and families face.
Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels "double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage - just like Thuy.
Bao Phi is also an accomplished poets. You can read one of my favorite poems by him, Sirenum Scopuli - at the Poetry Foundation, and have included his poetry books in our Bookshop.org shop.
Bao Phi Story Time
Below is a cute video story time featuring A Different Pond that I found on YouTube.
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