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by Linda Gerdner

illustrated by Stuart Loughridge


School Library Journal:

Gr 2–4—A Hmong boy learns about his grandfather’s life in Laos and his escape to the United States as they share memories illustrated on the elderly man’s story cloth. Grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease and is beginning to forget common things. Chersheng’s fear and exasperation are evident, as are the family’s great respect and consideration for their aging relative. The English and Hmong texts face paintings that express the many moods of the characters. Endpapers and the back cover feature numerous geometric patterns that are common in Hmong handicrafts. A full spread shows the story cloth for easy reference and closer examination for details. Background information on Alzheimer’s disease and the Hmong refugees and their story cloths will be appreciated by adults preparing to read the story or older children seeking information on both of these topics. A strong family story about difficult social issues relevant to today’s society.—Erlene Bishop Killeen, Stroughton Area School District, WI –Erlene Bishop Killeen (Reviewed September 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 9, p146)


2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Ages 0-8, Bilingual, Family