A Place To Grow

Pak, Soyung

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, 2002
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Synopsis: A moving tribute to immigration and the love of a family.

A family is like a seed. It needs to have a place to set down roots. But sometimes the land where it rests is hard and cold, without welcome or nourishment. Then the family must fly to a new place, where it can finally blossom.
As a father and daughter work together in their garden, he explains what a seed needs to flourish and the reasons their family immigrated to a new country--looking for hope, like sunlight, and peace, like good earth. Looking for a place to grow.

From Publishers Weekly: Like a 17th-century poem, this high-toned story about why a family chooses to move to another country rests on a single, extended metaphor. Unfortunately, the book ultimately sinks under the weight of its poetic abstractions. Pak (Dear Juno) introduces the book's theme when the girl narrator says that her father, like a springtime seed, "flew a long way to grow into our family." Truong alternates warm renderings of the girl and her father planting a lush garden in their new homeland with illustrations of the hardships endured in the Asian country from which he emigrated. The repeated and often forced analogy between seeds and people carries political freight beyond the knowledge of most children (the father tells the girl a seed needs rain to grow, but "the rain that fell on our seed came only now and then,/ and sometimes not at all./.../ That is what it is like when there are too many workers/ and not enough work"). The leap from rainfall to unemployment, or from a seed/person needing "good land," but not "too many guns and not enough love" may be asking too much of some readers. The book ends on a cozy, if didactic note, as the father remembers his father saying, "There will always be a garden in my heart for you." While the book's heartfelt sentiments may appeal to some, its preachy tone and strained images will likely confuse young readers. Ages 4-10.
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Title: A Place To Grow
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
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