This is a picture book about a Vietnamese boy’s story of survival. It is a picture book like no other that I have read. It is meant to show children what refugees go through to come to a new home that has promises and aspirations beyond their home.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a fishing boat overloaded with sixty Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed, the hull is leaking and the drinking water is nearly gone. Six year old Tuan Ho watches the endless horizon and wonders if rescue will ever come in time to save their lives.
In the first picture book of this kind, Marsha Forchuk Skrypunch and Tuan Ho recount the true story of one family’s brave and perilous journey towards a new life in North America.
The picture book is illustrated with sweeping oil paintings and complete with an expansive historical and biographical section with photographs. This nonfiction picture book is all the more important as the world responds to a new generation of refugees risking all on the open water for the chance at safety and a new life.
It is a picture book that is as inspiring as it courageous. Each page transports the reader into the plight of the refugees. It will make any reader grateful for all that they have in Canada.