Thursday, March 31, 2016

#Review: Angel Child, Dragon Child by Michele Maria Surat/Illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai #AtoZChallenge #Multicultural #ReadingRainbowBooks #ScholasticBooks

Little Ut from Vietnam wins her schoolmates over with kindness and sensitivity.

My review:
This is a story about a young girl from Vietnam who is alone in the U.S. without her Mom for comfort. She endures bullying by the children she goes to school with because of her speech, name, clothes, and traditions. One boy in particular is always mean to her.

Angel child refers to her tolerating others and being good in the eyes of her mother. Dragon child means that she is non-tolerant and does not want to be patient with others.

In the end, the same child who bullies her learns a little bit about her and helps her and her family in a big way.
This was a sweet book and goes to show that bullying can be stopped if we learn about each other. It points out that kindness is key to everything and family holds importance.

The book was done in extremely muted colors with simple hand drawn characters. The illustrations give the feel of simplicity which I believe was intentional.

This book was featured as a Rainbow Reading Book. I give it four stars.

Disclosure: I purchased this book for my own collections. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon

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  1. Hi. This looks like a book I'd like to read. Yes, "bullying can be stopped if we learn about each other".

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  2. Bullying is a problem all over the world. So sad. It would be so good to see it go for ever.

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  3. It seems to be a great job about bullying. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Bully is a very big problem. I like that this story had the bully change his ways. Everyone can change but they have to want to.

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  5. Yes, bullying is a big problem, I'm glad there are books dealing with it so sensitively!

  6. Visiting on the 1st day of the #Challenge. What would we do without our books and the joy of reading. As an author/writer, I appreciate your blog. If you have time, come and enjoy 26 hotels and inns.

  7. We don't have children or grandchildren, so my knowledge of what's out there for kids is from the last half century. Having said that, this sounds like a wonderful book.

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  8. You know, sometimes it makes me think of the child that is doing the bullying. Does he have problems at home maybe or why is he doing this bullying... ya know what I mean? If the problem is looked at all ways it's best to get at the root of the problem, but my children and now my grandchildren know never to keep something like that a secret and always tell an adult. Great Post and review here girlfriend... great job.


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