Ánh's New Word: A Story about Learning a New Language

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10.32 X 8.27 X 0.38 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Inspired by her first teacher at the refugee camp, Hanh Bui pursued a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and taught second grade before becoming a full-time mother to three children. She also served as a Development Officer for Senhoa Foundation in support of women and children who survived human trafficking in Cambodia, and has served on boards supporting children and parents in building community. Hanh serves as co-chair of the Equity and Inclusion Team for the Mid-Atlantic region of SCBWI, and has been featured in Highlights For Children magazine, Next Avenue and Forbes. She is the author of The Yellow Áo Dài and Ánh's New Word.

Bao Luu dreamed of becoming an artist as a child, and today his work as an illustrator focuses on bright, playful colors and unique textures. He is the illustrator of Simple Thanks written by Deborah Wiles and Ánh's New Word written by Hanh Bui. He was born and raised in Vietnam and currently lives near Houston, Texas.

Praise for Ánh's New Word:

"A gorgeous and heartfelt book about family, new beginnings and the power of finding just the right word." --Pat Zietlow Miller, New York Times-bestselling author of Be Kind

"A beautifully written, sweetly illustrated story about the challenge of living in a new country, the connection between student and teacher, and how the language of compassion and hope is universal." --Rajani LaRocca, Newbery Honor-winning author of Red, White, and Whole

"An uplifting and inspiring story based on the author's life, Ánh's New Word reminds us how one person's kindness can be the key to unlocking another's courage." --Christina Soontornvat, three-time Newbery Honoree

"A beautiful, compassionate story based on the author's own childhood experiences as a refugee learning English, Ánh's New Word shows how kind and caring adults can help a child find their voice. I highly recommend it!" --Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Brave Every Day

"This poignant tale is accompanied by charming cartoon artwork with simple textured backdrops, the warm palette adding to the emotional tone. ... A touching account of courage and kindness." --Kirkus Reviews

"Based on a true event from the author's childhood, this gentle refugee story would be useful for discussion with young children about any new experiences." --Booklist

Praise for The Yellow Áo Dài:

"This simple, lyrical, touching story took me to a place that I did not know but to emotions that belong to us all. I will not forget it and its lesson of confession, forgiveness, and love." --Jane Yolen, award-winning author of Owl Moon and over 400 other books for children

"A truly heartwarming story of mother and daughter, generations and traditions, and ultimately forgiveness and unconditional love that will make you want to share this wonderful book with someone you love. " --Mary Rand Hess, New York Times-bestselling author

"Heartwarming ... Lovely illustrations, using subtle colors and graceful lines to define the characters and express Naliah's shifting emotions, concluding with joy and contentment. A picture book celebrating immigrants and their families' cultures." --Booklist

"Vietnamese -culture is beautifully honored through Phan's expressive, cheerful -watercolors. -... Naliah's story teaches readers about the importance of family and culture in forming identity. ... Would pair especially well with Eva Chen's I Am Golden, Joanna Ho's Eyes that Kiss in the Corners and -Nabela Noor's Beautifully Me." --School Library Journal

"Bui weaves a tender tale of a family honoring memories and heirlooms but also creating new traditions. Phan's buoyant and beautiful illustrations convey the protagonist's emotions. ... A charming contemporary celebration of family and heritage." --Kirkus Reviews

"An accident turns into a glimpse at family history in this reassuring picture book ... Phan's digital illustrations twine the protagonists' arc with images of flora and fauna that befit the story's inventive conclusion, and Naliah's emotions are playfully mirrored by a small rabbit sidekick, gentling moments of tension." --Publishers Weekly