I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Published by Roaring Brook Press

I Dream of Popo: Blackburne, Livia, Kuo, Julia: 9781250249319: Amazon.com:  Books
I Dream of Popo | Livia Blackburne | Macmillan

Summary:  “I dream with Popo” begins a girl living in Taiwan, who loves spending time with her grandmother.  Each page starts similarly: “I walk with Popo”, “I bow with Popo on New Year’s Day.”  After her family moves to San Diego, with Popo staying in Taiwan, she writes “I wave to Popo” as she boards the plane, then “I hug Popo” when she returns for a visit, discovering that it is harder for her to understand Popo’s language now that she is fluent in English.  Then it is “I pray for Popo” when Popo gets sick and finally, “I dream of Popo” as the girl dreams of being with Popo once again.  Includes notes and photos from both the author and illustrator describing their connections to Taiwan and a glossary.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A beautiful story (by Livia Blackburne, who apparently is a best-selling YA fantasy author) about immigration and how relationships with loved ones change after a move.  The author’s and illustrator’s notes personalize the experiences of the girl in the story.

Cons:  Kids may need some help understanding the somewhat ambiguous ending.

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