One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way

Overview

Called “inspiring” by School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, One Step at a Time continues the true story of Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War. Tuyet, recently rescued from war-torn Vietnam, is settling into her new adoptive family. But before she can even learn to speak their language, she must undergo a frightening surgery to correct her polio-damaged leg. The Horn Book Magazine says, “Readers will be just as riveted to this quieter but no-less-moving story as Tuyet bravely dreams of ...
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Overview

Called “inspiring” by School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, One Step at a Time continues the true story of Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War. Tuyet, recently rescued from war-torn Vietnam, is settling into her new adoptive family. But before she can even learn to speak their language, she must undergo a frightening surgery to correct her polio-damaged leg. The Horn Book Magazine says, “Readers will be just as riveted to this quieter but no-less-moving story as Tuyet bravely dreams of being able to run and play…” In spite of the traumatic memories the hospital awakens, and in spite of her new country’s strangeness, Tuyet is determined to embrace the chance she has been given and finally stand on her own two feet.
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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine
Readers [who enjoyed Last Airlift] will be just as riveted to this quieter but no-less-moving story as Tuyet bravely dreams of being able to run and play . . .
ALA Booklist
Along with the true personal story, the facts about polio across the globe, past and present, will grip readers.
International Reading Association Reading Today Online
The cover of the book and the red shoes pictured take on a very special meaning by the end of this heart-warming book that will leave readers in tears.
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One Step at a Time is a good choice for sensitive young readers interested in non-fiction about other children, other cultures, and recent history . . . The book is likely to encourage many questions and wide-ranging discussion in a reading group, and the story is highly likeable.
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Booksdragon
Step by step, Skrypuch shows with forthright clarity how Tuyet becomes her own very best hero.
Winnipeg Free Press
Skrypuch . . . does a good job of portraying Tuyet's feelings as she faces the uncertainties of a new country, a new home and frightening surgery.
Good News Toronto
Readers 8 to 11 years old will marvel at Tuyet's perseverance and laugh at moments when she reveals her unfamiliarity with Canadian customs, such as when Tuyet doesn't understand why her first-ever birthday cake is 'on fire.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781927485026
  • Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 93
  • Sales rank: 541,435
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's 18 award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honour Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way, is nominated for the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. In 2008, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the development Ukraine's culture, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha. She lives in Brantford, Ontario.
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