Different Pond (Capstone Young Readers), A

Bao Phi
Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. The New York Times has said that Bao Phi s poetry rhymes with the truth. Together with graphic novelist Thi Bui s striking, evocative art, Phi s expertly crafted prose reflects an immigrant family making its way in a new home while honoring its bonds to the past.

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