This book is a part of my 8th grade language arts curriculum In the classroom, it is supplemented with numerous non fiction texts about the universal refugee experience.
This book is a mostly non fiction prose poetry account of the author s experience as a girl forced to flee Vietnam and resettle in America The book begins on the Vietnamese New Year Tet 1975 and concludes one year later There is enough historical data embedded in the poems to be educational and enough emotional personal experience to be enlightening Additionally, there are interesting cultural references that introduce young reader to other cultures and religions.
Young Ha s life is turned inside out when war causes her mother to pack up and take Ha and her older brothers to a refugee camp in Guam They are sponsored by an American cowboy after they change their religion on paper to Christian and t Out And Back Again Is A New York Times Bestseller, A Newbery Honor Book, And A Winner Of The National Book Award Inspired By The Author S Childhood Experience As A Refugeefleeing Vietnam After The Fall Of Saigon And Immigrating To Alabamathis Coming Of Age Debut Novel Told In Verse Has Been Celebrated For Its Touching Child S Eye View Of Family And ImmigrationH Has Only Ever Known Saigon The Thrills [Thanhha Lai] ñ Inside Out and Back Again [african-american PDF] Ebook Epub Download ¼ Of Its Markets, The Joy Of Its Traditions, And The Warmth Of Her Friends Close By But Now The Vietnam War Has Reached Her Home H And Her Family Are Forced To Flee As Saigon Falls, And They Board A Ship Headed Toward Hopetoward America This Moving Story Of One Girl S Year Of Change, Dreams, Grief, And Healing Received Four Starred Reviews, Including One From Kirkus Which Proclaimed It Enlightening, Poignant, And Unexpectedly Funny An Author S Note Explains How And Why Thanhha Lai Translated Her Personal Experiences Into H S Story This Paperback Edition Also Includes An Interview With The Author, An Activity You Can Do With Your Family, Tips On Writing Poetry, And Discussion Questions Inside Out Back Again is a beautiful and powerful novel in verse that really makes you feel for the characters It s a fast read, and I highly recommend it, especially in a time when understanding is needed regarding refugees and immigration.
I suspected I d like this book, on description alone when it arrived and it was in free verse, I was a little skeptical I was expecting a novel for young readers, not poetry that didn t rhyme Declaration it IS a novel for young readers and it is FABULOUS The free verse format delivers I m a little emotional as I write my review of this fantastic, sensitive, charming account of a young girl and her family displaced by war It moved me I absolutely loved it Though it is an easy read, due to the target audience range, it is beautifully descriptive, and has a complexity that begs to be revisited I will be recommending this to my friends who like to read Well done, Thanhha Lai, and thank you for such a worthwhile read.
Her favorite things are papayas, a dog eared doll, and her mother Her name is Ha and as the story opens, she is ten years old, living in Saigon in 1975 When the story ends, she is eleven years old, living in Alabama.
Although I don t ordinarily read children s literature, I loved this book I read it in connection with a graduate level course in Writing Literature for Children.
The characters, historical moment, and narrative arc of Inside Out and Back Again fit comfortably yet originally within familiar literary archetypes Her beloved father is away fighting in the war, and the mother and children are increasingly vulnerable and impoverished, a theme that brings to mind Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Each day they must choose between staying and fleeing should they live another day ¹ Inside Out and Back Again Ú My daughter is 11 and she does enjoy poetry but the whole book is poetry and she was a little disappointed with that I think we were both hoping for at least some story line to follow There are also some words that I need to look up to figure out the meaning and context in the poem and how to pronounce them which makes reading this book frustrating due to the interruptions I think for the right kid this book would be really interesting Maybe a group of kids reading it together, doing the research together, and having others to discus the significance of the poetry could help make it interesting and significant.
I found it very interesting to read about the Fall of Saigon from the viewpoint of a child who becomes a refugee and ends up coming to Alabama in the 1970s However, I didn t find the child and main character to be entirely sympathetic Quite a bit of pouting and sulking She experienced very real trauma in fleeing her country and being bullied by American classmates, so for her to pout, for example, over receiving dried papaya rather than fresh papaya from a friend and throw the gift away was off putting to me I definitely wasn t an angel as a child, but her using the very limited family grocery money to buy herself treats, while at the same time acknowledging that her mom was getting very thin Wow I understand the author inserted a lot of her own experiences into the work, but I probably would have enjoyed the story if it had been from the viewpoint of the mother or the girl Dieses Buch habe ich im Januar zu meinem Favoriten des Monats gek rt aus gutem Grund Es ist ein trauriges, sch nes, ehrliches, poetisches Buch, ber das man noch einige Zeit nachdenkt, nachdem man die letzte Seite gelesen hat.
H ist 10 Jahre alt als der Vietnam Krieg ihr zu Hause erreicht Saigon Bis dahin hatte sie eine gl ckliche Kindheit, liebte ihre Familie, Freunde und vor allem ihren Papayabaum hinten im Garten, den sie selbst gepflanzt hat.
Doch als die Stadt droht, in den Kriegswirren unterzugehen und den Kommunisten in die H nde zu fallen, sind sie und ihre Familie gezwungen zu fliehen Der Vater wird schon lange vermisst und so macht sich die Mutter alleine auf, ihre Kinder in Sicherheit zu bringen, wohl wissend, dass sie ihren Ehemann wohl nie wiedersehen wird Jedes Familienmitglied darf nur einen pers nlichen Gegenstand mitnehmen, der Rest wird
This was the first book in free verse that I ve read and I really like this medium The language was beautiful and powerful and at the same time perfect for a ten year old child A great story about family and loosing your home and having to start somewhere new.