From the Tops of The Trees
Written by Kao Kalia Yang
Illustrated by Rachel Wada
Published by Lerner Publishing Group
Young Kalia has never known life beyond the fences of the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. The Thai camp holds many thousands of Hmong families who fled in the aftermath of the little-known Secret War in Laos that was waged during America’s Vietnam War. For Kalia and her cousins, life isn’t always easy, but they still find ways to play, racing with chickens and riding a beloved pet dog.
Just four years old, Kalia is still figuring out her place in the world. When she asks what is beyond the fence, at first her father has no answers for her. But on the following day, he leads her to the tallest tree in the camp and, secure in her father’s arms, Kalia sees the spread of a world beyond.
Kao Kalia Yang’s sensitive prose and Rachel Wada’s evocative illustrations bring to life this tender true story of the love between a father and a daughter.
Primary ISBN: 9781541581302
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 07 or older
Community Represented: Hmong/Hmong American
Themes: Award Winner: Youth Media Awards 2023, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Camp, Refugee: War/Conflict
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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