The Most Beautiful Thing

  • Title: The Most Beautiful Thing
  • Author: Kao Kalia Young
  • Illustrator: Khoa Lee
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication year: 2020
  • Brief Summary: From Lerner Publishing Group-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –This book would be great to use to show students other ways of families and the immigrant experience.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I loved the illustrations in this book, particularly the illustration showing the grandmother telling her granddaughter Kalia, that the picture of her parents only resides in her heart. This was a really powerful illustration.

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