Author Muon Thi Van narrates this moving story inspired by her own Vietnamese family's perilous journey as refugees. Muon's simple words, delivered in a quiet, solemn voice, are powerfully enhanced by Victo Ngai's evocative illustrations in the companion picture book. Each double-page spread depicts an emotionally charged scene and a wish for something essential: "The path wished it was shorter." "The heart wished it was stronger." Melancholy music and subtle environmental sound effects work in perfect harmony with the narration and pictures as the story progresses from dark and fearful beginnings to a brighter, hopeful future. Muon's deliberate pacing allows for close observation of the detailed illustrations and time for reflection. Author and artist notes add personal and contextual insights. S.A.A. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]
Book & Recording Weston Woods Studios 2021
CD ISBN 9781338826005 $29.95 One CDs
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