A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O'Brien

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A touching story of family, loss, and memory.

Dara's grandmother, Lok Yeay, is full of stories about her life growing up in Cambodia, before she immigrated to the United States. Lok Yeay tells her granddaughter of the fruits and plants that grew there, and how her family would sit in their yard and watch the stars that glowed like fireflies. Lok Yeay tells Dara about her brother, Lok Ta, who is still in Cambodia, and how one day she will return with Dara and Dara's family to visit the place she still considers home. But when a phone call disrupts Lok Yeay's dream to see her brother again, Dara becomes determined to bring her grandmother back to a place of happiness.

Anne Sibley O'Brien's dreamlike illustrations beautifully complement this fictional story based on real-life experiences. Back matter contains information about the admission of Cambodian refugees into the United States, specifically Maine, after soldiers forced them out of their homeland in the 1970s. An author's note and glossary are also included.

A PATH OF STARS was originally developed for the New Mainers Book Project, part of the Maine Humanities Council's Born to Read program. The Project sponsors high-quality children's picture books created from the experiences of Maine's refugee communities, to preserve and present their cultural heritage and to promote their English language literacy.

About Anne Sibley O'Brien

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Anne Sibley O'Brien has illustrated more than twenty picture books, including What Will You Be, Sara Mee? and the Jamaica series by Juanita Havill. Anne has also illustrated a number of her own books, including The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea and After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine.The Maine Humanities Council is a private nonprofit organization, Maine's affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more than thirty years, MHC has used literature, history, philosophy, and the arts to provide opportunities for people to come together in conversation that crosses social, economic and cultural barriers.
Published February 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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Because of her close relationship with her grandmother, young Dara is the one who can comfort her when her only surviving brother dies in Cambodia.

Dec 14 2011 | Read Full Review of A Path of Stars

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A star motif permeates: the siblings use stars to guide their escape, and Dara, which means star, gently leads her grandmother out of grief when the family gets news of her brother’s death.

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of A Path of Stars

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