The Doll

  • Illustrated By: Ravy Puth
  • Pages:24
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:immigration, child refugee, Southeast Asia, immigrant families
  • Available:04/20/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:R
A young girl and her family arrive in an airport in a new country. They are refugees, migrants who have travelled across the world to find safety. Strangers greet them, and one of them gives the little girl a doll. Decades later, that little girl is grown up and she has the chance to welcome a group of refugees who are newly arrived in her adopted country. To the youngest of them, a little girl, she gives a doll, knowing it will help make her feel welcome. Inspired by real events.
A touching, full-circle journey about the lasting impact of kindness.
– Kirkus Reviews
Good children’s literature serves as windows and mirrors. The Doll is exactly this kind of literature – children see themselves as well as others in the book.
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Nhung N. Tran-Davies tells her story in a gentle poetic text, using experiences as a child and matching them with the contemporary experiences of Syrian refugees.
– The Globe and Mail
A wonderfully entertaining story for children ages 5-9 with an important underlying message about immigration, "The Doll" is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.
– Midwest Book Review

"The illustrations and text form a riveting blend of kid-friendly perspectives with adult news stories but ultimately speak with one voice to say: small acts of kindness can challenge global issues of turmoil and injustice."

– Alberta Views
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