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Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai – Realistic Fiction, mature 5th grade and up – Wonderful novel, not a novel in verse- Released Feb. 17th, 2005- I had a hard time at first connecting to this self involved, spoiled Mai at first while reading but the honesty with which she approached life actually helped me appreciate and understand the situations better. This is one of those beautiful stories that brings you through the experience of culture shock and communication challenges. When Mai is told she has to accompany her grandmother to Vietnam, she is quite upset since she was counting on having a summer relaxing at the beach. When she meets her family, she learns quickly about traditions, basic life practices, and starts to think about life outside of her little world. This is a wonderful book packed with cultural discovery and beautiful character development. It will be enjoyed quite a bit by readers! I enjoyed the pleasure of laughing through some of the situations Mai gets herself into as well. Recommended!
Book Talk: How would you react to losing your summer of sunshine and relaxation and instead you have to travel to Vietnam? How do you communicate with people who speak a different language than you do? Do you adapt to change well? Could you live without flushing toilets? Are you able to try new food? Mai has some challenges on her new life adventure. Read to find out more!
“First, we need to be alone and calm, and when time has slowed, we will find a way to understand each other.”
“A glow illuminates from the jars like captured moonbeams.”
Goodreads Summary: “A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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