My First Day (Hardcover)
Spring 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“I want to climb inside these illustrations and explore them forever. The bold colors and flowing lines bring every page alive and capture readers immediately as we follow a young student on their first day of school along the Mekong River Delta.”
— Stephanie Heinz, PRINT: A Bookstore, Portland, ME
This is no ordinary first journey. The rainy season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing a little backpack and armed only with a single oar. On the way, he is confronted by giant crested waves, heavy rainfall and eerie forests where fear takes hold of him. Although daunted by the dark unknown, An realizes that he is not alone and continues to paddle. He knows it will all be worth it when he reaches his destination--one familiar to children all over the world.
“ A particularly propulsive, cinematic story.” —BookPage, starred review
“A lively journey that’s interesting in its own right…” —The Bulletin, starred review
“Dazzle[s]…. Quang and Liên celebrate the beauty and wealth of the Mekong River.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review