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The Doll
By (author): Nhung N. Tran-Davies Illustrated by: Ravy Puth
Nhung N. Tran-Davies ,

Illustrated by :

Ravy Puth


Second Story Press - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Adhesive bound
Hardcover , Picture book, Adhesive bound


Juvenile: Age (years) 5 - 9, Grade (CAN) 2 - 4, Grade (US) 2 - 4, Reading age 5 - 9
Apr 20, 2021
$19.95 CAD


11in x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

24 pages
Second Story Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Children’s / Teenage: Social issues
Blue Spruce 2022 Award 2022, Short-listed
A simple act of kindness welcomes two little girls, both refugees, to a new home generations apart

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.

- Nhung N. Tran-Davies was inspired to write this book by her own experience of coming to Canada as a refugee from Vietnam as a child. She was given a doll, and as an adult she had the chance to pass on that act of kindness to a Syrian refugee family - In 2013 Nhung founded the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. She spoke at the UN's International Organization on Migration in Geneva as part of their "I am a Migrant" campaign to help reduce hate speech and promote tolerance. - Print and online advertising campaigns. - Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences, either in person or virtual. - Including SLJ Day of Dialogue (Oct. 2020) which will be attended by thousands online. - Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys. - Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion. - Do local media — radio and newspaper - Article about her experience in Children’s Book News - Organizing presentations, either in person or virtual — World Refugee Day, June 20 - Her previous book, Ten Cents a Pound, was a CCBC Best Book of 2018, and was shortlisted for the 2019 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature

Nhung N. Tran-Davies is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1978. Nhung and her family live outside Edmonton, Alberta.

Ravy Puth uses illustration to convey ideas of social action, convinced that art with a purpose is key to achieving impact and lasting significance. Born in Canada of Cambodian-Chinese parents, her work focuses on representations and cultural identities, that she explores through narratives of migration and feminism. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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. - Emma Chen, 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. - Jeffrey Canton, 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."

- Agnieszka Matejko, Alberta Views

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Ten Cents a Pound Nhung N. Tran-Davies 9781772600568 $18.95 CAD Apr 10, 2018

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