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[DiverseKidLit] A Mother-Daughter Bond Built On Love And Sacrifice

"Ten Cents A Pound" by Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Josée Bisaillon.

Myra here.

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We are focusing on sisterhood and female bonds in literature from April – June. This book is perfect, once more, in highlighting mother-daughter bonds.

Ten Cents A Pound

Written by Nhung N. Tran-Davies Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Published by Second Story Press (2018)
ISBN: 1772600563 (ISBN13: 9781772600568). Book was borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.

I read this book last year and re-read it again this year for our current reading theme, and its beauty and strength have not diminished for me. Here, the reader gets to know the forged bonds between mother and daughter who are depicted to be experiencing impoverished conditions.

The daughter acknowledges her mother’s “calloused and blistered” feet, and her “coarsened and scratched” hands, and her back bent “under the weight of your work.” The daughter, witnessing her mother’s pain, declares that she will stay with her mother. Her mother, however, states: “Ten cents a pound is what I’ll earn to buy these books and set you free.”

It is a moving depiction of the sacrifice each one is willing to make to provide help and assistance to each other. The story becomes even more moving when one reads the jacketflap and sees that the author is a physician and social justice advocate whose family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979.

This is a moving story that signifies a mother’s dream for her child, and the child’s determination to succeed to ensure that her mother’s sacrifice is not in vain.

Though it be far, where the road winds high and low, I will come home to you, by and by. I will come home to you, Mama, By and by.

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#WomenReadWomen2019: Nhung N. Tran-Davies is originally from Vietnam – both author and illustrator are based in Canada. 

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “[DiverseKidLit] A Mother-Daughter Bond Built On Love And Sacrifice

  1. Mother of 3

    That sounds like a wonderful story. I love reading books like these with my boys. Pinned.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lindabaie

    I’ve read and loved this book, Myra, am so glad to see your review of it!

    Liked by 1 person

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