Title: My Footprints
Writer: Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran
Publishing House: Capstone
Date of Publication: September 1st 2019
Rating: 4 stars
‘’I want to be the biggest and scariest monster,’’ Thuy says, ‘’so that if kids at school make fun of me for having two mums, or tell me to go back where I came from, or call me names, or bother me because I’m a girl, I can make them stop!’’
A beautiful moving tale about a Vietnamese-American girl and the power of the fairytales in coping with the ugliest aspects of our lives. Beautifully illustrated and poignant, the girl has the good fortune to have two wonderful mothers who nurture her love for stories, myths, and legends. I loved the fact that the writer isn’t dismissive or hostile towards tradition but uses it as a vehicle to be cherished and loved, as a force that continues to change in our modern times and as a pillar that offers security and knowledge.
Many thanks to Capstone Editions and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
*all illustrations by Basia Tran*