Ebooks MN Highlight: A Different Pond, one of Capstone's many award winners

A Different Pond, by poet Bao Phi, has won several book awards including, Best of the Best Books 2017, Horn Book Fanfare 2017, Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2017, Caldecott Honor Book in 2018, as well as numerous others.  Published by Capstone, A Different Pond, contains illustrations by Graphic novelist, Thi Bui.  The book tells of a son and father fishing on a small lake in Minneapolis, for food, not recreation.  It's simplicity is part of why the book works so well as it takes an important and meangingful story that conveys the life of struggling immigrants.  Reading level is grades 2-3 while interest level is K-4.

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Beth Staats

Beth is one of three Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarians with Minitex. She holds a BA in History from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  You can reach her by phone at 612-624-7873 or email at