The whispering cloth : a refugee's story (#36971XX)

by Shea, Pegi Deitz; illustrated by Riggio, Anita

7 reviews & awards | 3 full-text reviews

FollettBound Sewn Boyds Mills Press, 1996
Price: USD 16.06
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color map ; 25 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.6
AR 3.9 LG .5 14527EN; RC 3.6 2; LEX AD600L; GR Q


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A young girl in a Thai refugee camp finds the story within herself to create her own pa'ndau.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication Date: September 1, 1996
  • Format: FollettBound Sewn
  • Edition: 1st Boyds Mills pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, color map ; 25 cm
  • Tracings: Riggio, Anita, illustrator. ; Yang, You, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7587-4002-6 (originally 1-56397-623-4)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7587-4002-1 (originally 978-1-56397-623-0)
  • Follett Number: 36971XX
  • Catalog Number: 1563976234
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.9
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 14527EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD600L
  • Guided Reading Level: Q

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 06/01/03
  • Booklist
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 03/01/95
  • Child Study Children's Book Committee, 1996
  • Library Talk
  • Multicultural Review
  • School Library Journal, 03/01/95

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (Vol. 91, No. 9 (January 1, 1995))
Ages 5-9. Set in a refugee camp in Thailand, this picture book about a small Hmong child quietly tells a story of terror. As they wait in the camp, Grandmother teaches Mai to stitch traditional pa'ndau story cloths. First Mai sews only the borders, but then she stitches her own story, filling the cloth with pictures that show the murder of her parents and her escape under fire in a basket on Grandmother's back. Soft-toned watercolor and gouache illustrations set the story in the present; then reproductions of the real stitched story cloths by Hmong refugee You Yang show the child's war experiences. The stitched pictures in folk-art style distance the brutality, both showing and telling that art can be a powerful force. The final pa'ndau of Mai flying with her grandmother in an airplane to a land of comfort and safety is a moving representation of the dreams of refugees everywhere.

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