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StorySmith Book Review with Staphanie Mun Chen: A Different Pond by Bao Phi

We are so stoked to get Staphanie to review this amazing book that's been dubbed "a must read for our times" by Kirkus Reviews.

What Staphanie thinks...

A Different Pond was recognised as a 2018 Caldecott honour book. This book gave us a look into a refugee family experience. It is poignant, eloquent, and a moving portrait of a Vietnamese family navigating the challenges if life in America. It is about a father working hard to support his family and get food on their table. An early morning trip to a pond becomes a memorable experience for father and son, bridging a gap between 2 cultures in 2 different worlds.

How Likely Are You To Recommend This Book To Your Friends? (8/10)

I think this book is most suitable for...

Independent Young Readers.

I would describe this book as...

Conversational, Sad, Heartwarming.

Rate this book by hearts (4/5)

What is StorySmiths?

We’ve learnt that many parents out there enjoy what reading or books can offer their family. But over time, picking the right book is a struggle or they may feel that their family’s storytelling experience can be better but don’t know how. StorySmiths will help bridge the gap based on their own experience or speciality with one single aim - to help Malaysian parents with their storytelling journey.

We selected a group of parents, educators and professionals who are children’s books aficionados, storytellers or just people who have a passion in bringing out the best in children and wanting the best for their well-being to review books in our Me Books Collection.

Staphanie is a mother to 3 beautiful children. A true 'Renaissance woman', she is a pharmacist, certified Personal Trainer, Founder of 'At The Barre Lifestyle' fitness studio @atthebarrelifestyle, a home educator and a true believer of a joyful life.Some of her favourite things to do with her children are walking barefoot in the garden and lying on the couch with a good book. Her passion is raising well rounded children for the next generation, that are not only head smart, but filled with good character."





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