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A Path of Stars
Contributor(s): O'Brien, Anne Sibley
ISBN: 1570917353     ISBN-13: 9781570917356
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: February 2012
Annotation: A refugee from Cambodia, Dara's beloved grandmother is grief-stricken when she learns her brother has died, and it is up to Dara to try and heal her.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cambodian Americans; Juvenile fiction.
Refugees; Cambodia; Juvenile fiction.
Grandmothers; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Death & Dying
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011003472
Lexile Measure: 780
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Series: Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Honorable Mention (Awards)
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 150454
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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 ROBINHOOD OF KOREA, AFTER GANDHI: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE, and A PATH OF STARS. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Through vividly recalled stories, Dara learns of her grandmother's (Lok Yeay) life in Cambodia with her beloved brother before the invasion of the Khmer Rouge. Later, when Lok Yeay learns of her brother's death, Dara consoles her devastated grandmother with a hopeful story of her own. Lush oils illustrate this sentimental refugee story; information on Cambodian heritage is appended. Glos.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 December #3)

Commissioned by the Maine Humanities Council, O'Brien (the Jamaica books) pens a tale about a Cambodian-American family, beginning with vibrant scenes of food and celebration, as young narrator Dara shares her grandmother's reminiscences about life in her Asian homeland. "n Cambodia, the air is so soft and warm that the stars glow like fireflies," says Lok Yeay. The upbeat mood changes when Lok Yeay recalls "a day the birds stopped singing, a day the soldiers came." Grandmother's story does not go into graphic detail, but recounts that only she, her brother, and her baby daughter survived to walk to freedom in Thailand. 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. Fuzzy-edged oil illustrations add a comfortable, familial feel that softens the story's sadder elements. However, plenty of bright images are interspersed, and the narrative ends on a hopeful note. Many themes are woven into this book, but the value of family stands above the rest. Ages 5–8. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Feb.)

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