My Footprints

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9.3 X 11.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author
Bao Phi is an author, a poet, a community organizer, and a father. He was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.
This beautiful story about a young Vietnamese American girl's resilience will give courage to readers everywhere. Tran's bright illustrations communicate Thuy's hopeful spirit and the power of her imagination. Readers who love Ezra Keats' The Snowy Day and Zetta Elliott's I Love Snow! will love My Footprints!-- "Sarah Park Dahlen"
I found so much to love in this book. The story starts off with a little girl, Thuy, being bullied. But it doesn't focus on the bullies or the bullying. Instead we see Thuy's brilliant and rich imagination, her two moms surrounding her with understanding and love, and Thuy finding her own courage. This beautiful story reminds us that there are many ways to be strong.-- "Holly Weinkauf"
STARRED REVIEW! Basia Tran's illustrations are pitch perfect and make the story all the more poignant. A timeless and important book that deals with the fallout of bullying and the power of a child's imagination to overcome with the strength and support of a loving family.-- "School Library Journal"
[Tran's] illustrations perfectly capture Thuy's facial expressions as she imagines each animal, and Tran's mythical creatures, including a dragon and a phoenix, are magnificent.-- "Pioneer Press/"
Like his first picture book, "A Different Pond," Bao Phi's new book is a simple story that contains multitudes. . . .This delightful story about games, imagination, mythology and familial love also touches on more serious themes without becoming preachy -- bullying, courage, female empowerment, race and sexual orientation. Phi's vivid writing (a cardinal "could fly away into the giant pane of sky") and charming illustrations by Polish-Vietnamese illustrator Basia Tran, make this a book that children will want to reread.-- "Star Tribune"
A shout-out to self-empowerment and a love song to family, this book leaves footprints of its own!-- "Collette Morgan"
As in his Caldecott Honor Book A Different Pond (2017), Phi deeply understands both differences and family bonds. Tran's soft, rounded artwork adds an unexpected flavor to a story that goes deep into the power of imagination and empathy.-- "Booklist"
I was really intrigued by how the book equated mythical creatures made of different parts to families made of different kinds of people. Also, extra points for it being a two moms book where that's important but not the sole focus. Probably one of the smarter anti-bullying picture books I've seen this year. Celebrates the "unexpected combination of beautiful things."-- "A Fuse 8 Production, School Library Journal"
When I read My Footprints by Bao Phi, the final product was so original and unusual that I couldn't help but remember it months and months later. . . .It has realistic situations, an imagination used for the ultimate good, magical creatures, tip top writing, and plummy art. . . .Want a book that'll stick in your brain for long periods of time for all the right reasons? Chant along with me then . . . my footprints, my footprints, my footprints . . .-- "A Fuse 8 Production, School Library Journal"
...A lyrical tale about the power of imagination and finding strength in family and cultural heritage. It's also notable as one of few LGBTQ-inclusive picture books to focus on Asian characters. Consider this a must-have for any LGBTQ kids' collection.-- "Mombian"
Having a book like My Footprints that addresses tough times while not making it the focus is crucial. The author does a fantastic job of making Thuy and her mothers' imagination be the healing power that their family needs. Focusing on the love instead of the hate, we can have tough conversations with those around us to create more empathy and windows into the lives of others around us. . . .One of the best books of the year in our opinion.-- "The Tiny Activist"
Thuy and her family's footprints will walk right into your heart. A loving look at imagination, confidence and courage.-- "Pat Zietlow Miller"
Minnesota author Bao Phi tells the tale of Thuy, who suffers schoolyard taunts about her Vietnamese heritage -- and her two mothers. Upset, Thuy stomps off through the snow pretending to be animals that wouldn't suffer bullying, which inspires her mothers to join in with some fantastical Vietnamese beasts of their own.--Ed Dykhuizen "Minnesota Parent"
Thuy is of Vietnamese origin with two moms, and because of this she is bullied at school. One wintry afternoon, after seeing a cardinal and the footprints he leaves in the snow, she escapes the loneliness by using her imagination and creating her own bird-like footprints.-- "Book Riot, "50 Must-Read Children's Books From the Second Half of 2019""
. . . .the book sends a powerful message about the strength children can draw from their own cultural heritage. With this story about two moms joining their daughter through child-centered play to face adversity as one, Phi explains in his author's note, he hopes to nurture the marginalized and challenge "systems of harm." . . .Both a meaningful effort toward inclusion and a solid conversation starter about bullying.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Phi, a poet and author whose awards include a Caldecott Honor and an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, has crafted a lyrical tale about the power of imagination and finding strength in family and cultural heritage. It's also notable as one of few LGBTQ-inclusive picture books to focus on Asian characters. Consider this a must-have for any LGBTQ kids' collection.-- "Washington Blade, "Back to School 2019: New Kids' Books Spotlight LGBTQ Life""
In this snowy yet colorful picture book, little Thuy uses her imagination to recover from a bullying incident at school, with help from her two mothers. Ages 4 to 7.--Michelle Lee "New York Times, "Teach Your Kids to Resist Hatred Toward Asians""