The Most Beautiful Thing

Written by Kao Kalia Yang and Illustrated by Khoa Le

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States.

When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother―a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth―who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most. Stunning illustrations from Vietnamese illustrator Khoa Le bring this intergenerational tale to life.

Age Range 5 - 9 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
32
Publisher
Carolrhoda Books
Grade Level K - 4th
ISBN
9781541561915
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