Monday, January 4, 2021

"The Doll" - a bookwrap


Original doll gifted to the author when she arrived from Vietnam as a refugee.  This lovely act of kindness changed her life.  This is her story. 


The Doll

by Nhung N. Tran-Davies

Illustrated by  Ravy Puth 


* Ages:  5-9

* Grades:  2-4

* Length:   Paperback - 24 pages

* Publisher:  Second Story Press 

* Pub. Date:  April 21, 2021

* Language:  English


* Refecting diversity - Cultural and Ethnic Diversity 
* Character Education - Strong Female Characters
History & Social Studies - Global Cultures, Immigration

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

A tired frightened little girl who was fleeing from Vietnam to find safety, was greeted with a lovely act of kindness when she arrived in her new country of Canada.  A stranger, a very loving lady, stepped forward in the airport and handed her a doll.  

Many years later the impact of that simple act still lingered in the now grown up woman's heart and she decided to grace another little refugee girl with a doll upon her arrival just like she had received.  

This heartwarming story is sure to spark conversations about immigrants, their unimaginable struggles and how to accept and bless them when they arrive in your neighbourhood or in your classroom.  The illustrations are extremely well done and enrich the story greatly.  This story highlights compassion and empathy and is based on the author's own experience. 

                In Her Own Words

"This story is about a doll I was given when I first arrived in Canada, at the age of five, as a refugee from the Vietnam war 40 yrs ago. Adrienne, the young girl who gave me the doll remains a special part of my life. Her act of kindness 40 yrs ago ripples forth through the years as I, in turn, recently sponsored a Syrian refugee family. It was my turn to give the little Alma a doll. In 2018, the doll was displayed at Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, and for the next five years, she will be travelling across Canada to tell our story. "

I highly, highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Nhung N. Tran-Davies is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979 and in 2013 Nhung founded the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. She spoke at the UN's International Organization on Migration in Geneva as part of their I am a Migrant campaign to help reduce hate speech and promote tolerance. Nhung and her family live outside Edmonton, Alberta.

About the Illustrator

Ravy Puth uses illustration to convey ideas of social action, convinced that art with a purpose is key to achieving impact and lasting significance. Born in Canada of Cambodian-Chinese parents, her work focuses on representations and cultural identities, that she explores through narratives of migration and feminism. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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