Ten Cents a Pound

  • Illustrated By: Josée Bisaillon
  • Pages:24
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:Southeast Asia, mother daughter relationship, coffee laborers, poverty, girls' education
  • Available:04/10/2018
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:610L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go—that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.
This is an unforgettable, poignant story of unconditional love and hope for the future.
– National Reading Campaign
A compelling tale of love and sacrifice told through a series of rhythmic verses and poignant observations. In a story at turns both whimsical, with beautiful fluttering butterflies and flowers, and gritty, with stooped backs, worn hands, and tired faces, two generations of women dream of a better tomorrow.
– Foreword Reviews
Tran-Davies writes in succinct, yet elegant prose that conveys the heartfelt emotions of both mother and daughter. Mama may not be able to change her own situation, but she knows the path that will offer her daughter greater opportunities.... This works, both as a story celebrating the mother/child bond, as well as a catalyst for discussions of the realities of life in many poor countries. Highly recommended.
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
In alternating spreads containing lyrical verses, a young girl and her mother consider the child leaving home to attend school. Tran-Davies’ succinct and elegant text conveys heartfelt emotions.... This celebration of the mother-child bond is sure to spark discussions of childhood poverty.
– Booklist
A touching lesson about parental love, sacrifice, the importance of education, and overcoming obstacles to create a better future.
– School Library Journal
"Ten Cents a Pound is a definite purchase for school and public libraries. This delightful and enchanting picture book would be an excellent jumping point for discussions on the migrant experience in the world today."
– Resource Links
"The text is simple, poetic and powerful, the portrayal of the relationship between the nameless girl and mother touching and layered, sure to resonate deeply with readers. Bisaillon's mixed-media illustrations...are beautiful and emotionally engaging."
– Canadian Children's Booknews
Alberta Literary Awards, R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature   | 2019  |  Short-listed
Bank Street Best Books of the Year   | 2019  |  Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books of 2018   | 2018  |  Commended