A Map into the World

A Map into the World


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"Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness."

—Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday

A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.

As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl's world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. As this curious girl explores life inside her house and beyond, she collects bits of the natural world. But who are her treasures for?

A moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541538368
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 96,713
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. Born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos, she came to America at the age six. Yang holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers' Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. The book is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read title and on the roster of the American Place Theatre's Literature to Life Program. Her second book, The Song Poet won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton's Literary Peace Prize. The book is the first Hmong story adapted into an opera by the Minnesota Opera and will premiere in the spring of 2021. Yang debuted her first children's book, A Map Into the World (Carolrhoda Books) and a co-edited collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color (University of MN Press) in the fall of 2019. In the spring of 2020, her second children's book The Shared Room (University of MN Press) and third work of creative nonfiction, a collective memoire about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World (Metropolitan Books), will be published. In October 2020, she will release The Most Beautiful Thing (Carolrhoda Books). Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and a public speaker.

Seo Kim received her MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art. A South Korean native, she divides her time between Busan and Baltimore. Seo lives with her family in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches illustration at Towson University.

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A Map into the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
apeape 7 months ago
A lovely book, showing a year in the life of a young Hmong girl whose family has just moved into a new house. Paj Ntaub notices all sorts of wonderful things about her new home- vegetables and flowers growing in the garden, leaves blown off the trees, worms ans snails (which she's not allowed to bring inside the house to show to her new twin brothers), and an old couple living across the street that she likes to wave to. Over the winter, the old woman, Ruth, dies, and when spring comes, she sees that Bob is sad. She talks to her mother, and they go over to visit Bob. While her mother and Bob talk, Paj Ntaub uses chalk to draw pictures on Bob's driveway, a map to help him find his way back into the world. The back cover flap reveals this is based on the author's own life- she is the mother in the story, her daughter the one that drew the map for Bob (to whom the book is dedicated). It's a sweet, quiet story, and the gorgeous, detailed illustrations perfectly compliment the text. #AmapIntoTheWorld #NetGalley
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is a beautiful book. It tells the story of a Hmong family. They have emigrated to the U.S. and are living in a new community. This book follows the daughter of the family over many months. During this time, she gets to meet her elderly neighbors, welcomes twin brothers, spends time outdoors, watches the seasons change and offers comfort to an older man in a time of loss. I think that readers will be touched as they learn about and see the map into the world. This book is lyrically, charmingly and beautifully illustrated. The author and illustrator seem to have worked together seamlessly. All in all, a wonderful book. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this touching book. All opinions are my own. Of note is that the book is about a Hmong family. This group emigrated to the U.S. after the Vietnamese War. I highly recommend the book for adults The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. My earlier review is below: Product DetailsI am reading this nonfiction title for an undergraduate class, Religion and Healing. This book offers a profound look at the culture, practices and beliefs of the Hmong people and how these clash with Western medicine when the Lee’s daughter, Lia, is found to have epilepsy (in Hmong culture, the title of the book is the Hmong word for this condition.) This book is enlightening and heartbreaking. In our current political climate, it offers a poignant reminder of the importance of learning about other’s belief systems without judging. Recommended for all readers but especially for those in the “helping” professions.