Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home

Mali Under the Night Sky A Lao Story of Home Mali Under the Night Sky a Skipping Stones honor book is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five Be

  • Title: Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home
  • Author: Youme Landowne
  • ISBN: 9781933693682
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five Before the war began, Mali lived an idyllic life in a community where she felt safe and was much loved But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a liMali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five Before the war began, Mali lived an idyllic life in a community where she felt safe and was much loved But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a life that was less than ideal What did she carry with her She carried her memories And they in turn carried her across the world, sharing where she is from and all that she loves with the people she meets.Terry Hong of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program s BOOK DRAGON, giving context to Youme s remarkable book, said, Today, December 7, marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a date which will live in infamy, Seven decades later, infamy lives on, stealing childhoods, families, homes, lives Now as another year comes to a close, we pray for peace again and again again and again Mali Under the Night Sky is another hopeful, urgent prayer And the Midwest Book Review calls it a soul stirring picturebook about the difficulties faced by wartime refugees, and deserves the highest recommendation Youme Landowne is an energetic and joyful painter, book artist, and activist who thrives in the context of public art Youme has lived in and learned from the United States, Kenya, Japan, Laos, Haiti, and Cuba In all of these places, she has worked with communities and individuals to make art that honors personal and cultural wisdom, creating community murals, illustrating tiny books, and teaching poetry in schools.

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    1. Very cute and simple book to use when it comes to social justice. great to read to a class. very simple text and pictures

    2. This is the story, based on true events, of a Laotian girl. At the beginning of the tale, the author describes her peaceful life at home, and what she likes to do, and how she lives. The pace is slow, measured, calm. Then the pace picks up, as war approaches her village, and her family has to flee across the Mekong River to another country, where they are thrown in jail because they're homeless. Will she ever have a peaceful home again? Readers will be happy to see, at the back of the book, info [...]

    3. SUMMARY: Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived an idyllic life in a community where she felt safe and was much loved. But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a life that was less than ideal. What did she carry with her? She carried her memories. And they in turn carried her acr [...]

    4. The book is a true story the author experienced. The story is about a girl whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos. She had a wonderful life in her hometown, but one day everything changed because the war got closer. They slept outside and went to a new country by boat. However, they were arrested and stayed in a crowded jail. Mali told everyone her memories and gave their hope. I love this book because I can truly understand the girl’s sadness when I compared and contrast her previo [...]

    5. This is a true story of the life of Mali. She is a young girl living in Lao. Life is good, happiness is everywhere. But suddenly things are changing and not for the better. People are not happy, there is no more birds singing. What will happen? Mali and her family go on journey to find a better life. Will they be successful? Or will disaster strike?This book has beautiful illustrations. It is truly a book that can be used by teachers to help understand the plight of refugees.

    6. This is a good book for the grades for 3rd-5th grade. This is a good read to introduce the idea of refugees to young children. This is from a child's point of view which makes it ideal for children to read. This perspective of a young child telling the story puts it in the students perspective more so and they understand the content in a better way.

    7. This is a good book to teach young students about refugees because we get to see the journey that Mali's family took through the eyes of a young child. This book highlights the perseverance and bravery that refugees must show each and every day.

    8. This is a picture book that I finished reading with the question “why”? I believe that the goal of the story was to make children aware of the atrocities that children in other countries face, but it is told in a meandering and unclear manner and ends with an imprisoned child. The illustrations are also vague, watercolors with little detail. The first few pages of the book lead the reader to believe that this is a cultural study. We follow Mali while she plays and several Laotian words mirro [...]

    9. Although I don't speak Laotian or even know what it should sound like, it was great to read a book to my kids that had words from a different language (other than our traditional Spanish or English books). Mali Under the Night Sky tells the true story of the author's childhood during conflict and displacement. The pictures are colorful and catchy. My children patiently listened to the story and asked lots of questions about why Mali had to leave and what happened to her home. While older childre [...]

    10. The true story of Lao-American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, who walked with her family from Laos to Thailand when she was five-years-old. An outstanding refugee story. Well-written and beautifully illustrated.

    11. One of the hidden costs of war, made real for small readers. I was moved by it to learn more about the Laotian experience of the Vietnam War. I especially liked all the words hidden in the dreamy, colorful illustrations.

    12. Based on the true story of Malichansouk Kouanchao, who fled war torn Laos with her family when she was five years old. Watercolor illustrations with textile print borders portray Mali's happy life in Laos and her dangerous escape.

    13. The title confused me. I didn't know why a Lao story would take place in Mali. I was confused. Mali is the name of the girl, not the country. :)

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