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Like a Dandelion is a poetic tribute to the bravery of immigrants and refugees, inspired by the author’s childhood experience of moving to the United States from Cambodia.
Like feathery seeds, a young girl and her mother take flight, putting down roots in an adopted country. Soon they blossom in their new home, strong and beautiful among hundreds of others just like them.
Huy Voun Lee's text is gentle and lyrical, making for an excellent storytime or bedtime read. The story is based on Huy’s own childhood experience of moving to the US as a Cambodian refugee.
Text and art work together to beautifully illustrate the passing of the seasons, and the dandelion’s growth from seed to shoot to blossom is a sunny, poignant metaphor for the resilience of immigrants and refugees.
Includes backmatter information on the history and uses of dandelions.
“An ode to the courage and resilience exhibited by refugee immigrants, inspired by the author’s own experiences…. The narrative is conveyed in brief yet lyrical lines, every word resonating with purpose and meaning. The comparison of a blooming dandelion with the immigrant experience beautifully illustrates the strength, versatility, and ability to thrive in harsh conditions each exemplifies.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A testimony to one immigrant’s positive outlook on America and the home she found.” -- Booklist
Like a Dandelion by Huy Voun Lee
Reading age: 4-8 years
Dimensions: 25.91 x 25.65 cm
Huy Voun Lee came to the United States with her family at the age of six as a Cambodian refugee. Nowadays, she can be found sharing the joys of origami and art with schoolchildren as well as visitors to the American Museum of Natural History. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Huy is the author and illustrator of several picture books. She lives with her husband in New York City.