The Most Beautiful Thing (Hardcover)

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By Kao Kalia Yang, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
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This beautifully illustrated picture book reminds children of the importance of intergenerational family bonds. Our elders can teach us important things through their own stories. Author Kalia Yang grew up in a Refugee Camp in Thailand and moved to America at the age of six. Her story centers around her own Grandma, whose childhood stories encompass wisdom and respect. Yang’s book delivers the message that we are resilient people, who CAN endure difficult times, and listening to our respected elders will give us perspective and hope for good times.


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A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look.

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother--a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth--who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most. Stunning illustrations from Vietnamese illustrator Khoa Le bring this intergenerational tale to life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781541561915
ISBN-10: 1541561910
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (R)
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English