Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People (2009)Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year **starred** (2009)National Council for the Social Studies & Children's Book Club, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
MultiCultural Review "In this well-told story with perfectly matched illustrations, all the Kims who came to the United States after the Vietnam War have a book to share with their children and grandchildren to help tell their stories. The rest of us have an opportunity to walk for a while in their shoes."
Horn Book Guide "In this book based on real events, the eloquent illustrations and sensitive text temper Kim's suffering with her courageous spirit and caregivers' love."
Kirkus Reviews "Based on a true story, this story documents the hardships of war in a personal way that older children will undoubtedly understand."
School Library Journal "This picture book takes a tragedy experienced by a four-year-old and makes it a universal story about being alone and afraid. . . Kim's expressions, the gray lines of marching soldiers, and the devastated land do more to deglorify warfare than any amount of adult preaching, just as the sight of her softly weeping in her bed and being reassured by the orphanage house mistress conveys her longing for her mother better than words would. This is a good book to use in classroom discussions of war, of what happens to the children, or, more specifically, of the Vietnam War and how it was that so many Vietnamese came to the United States."