Eyes That Kill in the Corners

  • Title: Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
  • Author: Joanna Ho
  • Illustrator: Dung Ho
  • Publisher: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication year: 2021
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins-“A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers’. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and her little sister’s. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this interesting teacher’s guide from The Classroom Bookshelf, a blog from The School Library Journal on how to use this book in curriculum. You could use this book to teach self-love, self-esteem and have children think retrospectively about what it is they love about themselves and their families. The Classroom Bookshelf says another way to use this book is in an English class as studying poetry craft, ask students how Ho’s use of repetition creates a rhythm to the story.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Some of my favorite illustrations are of our protagonist’s thoughts and imaginings as she thinks of how her eyes are similar to her mother’s, and her grandmother’s eyes. The one I love the most is of the whole family, surrounded by beautiful yellow and peach colored flowers.

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