When Heaven Fell
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Book ISBN: 9780763631758
Author(s): Carolyn Marsden
Document type: Trade Cloth
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Enthralling, Beautiful, Present Day
I loved WHEN HEAVEN FELL. Author Carolyn Marsden brings us into the world of contemporary Vietnam. It is easy to explore other cultures through Marsden's writing because she puts us securely and comfortably inside her main characters. I was enthralled by Binh's world, her thoughts, her concerns, her joys.
When I saw the title I thought it might be about war...but it isn't. This book is appropriate for quite young readers. It only has a few gently told flashbacks. This is a terrific book to get kids thinking about other kids, other countries, other cultures. It's not solely a "Vietnam" book. It is a think about the world book. It would be a great book for kids to begin thinking about expectations, gifts, loving, and how we behave toward others.
A. P. Sayre (Amazon.com)
Perfect for collections seeking strong multicultural stories.
Nine-year-old Binh sells sodas to schoolgirls whose families can afford to give them an education - and returns home to live with her family in a simple one-room home. Her simple life is destined to change when a new aunt comes to visit from America, bringing with her cultural confusion: she's tall, isn't married, and brings no special gifts to the family. Will Di Hai take her to America? A young Vietnamese girl faces another culture and different dreams in WHEN HEAVEN FELL: perfect for collections seeking strong multicultural stories.
Midwest Book Review (Amazon.com)
Pull the reader into the book and straight onto the streets in Binh's village
Nine-year-old Binh lives in a small village in Vietnam with her mother, father, grandmother and older brother. They don't own many material things; they sleep on floor mats in their one-room hut, wash their clothes and dishes in the nearby river, and stretch every dong (Vietnamese money) just to buy enough rice, fish and vegetables to feed the family.
To help earn a little more, Binh sits on the roadside everyday selling sodas and fruit to passersby. She is glad to help but longs to attend school, so that she can learn about faraway places like America and hear stories about the war. While school itself is free in Communist Vietnam, the uniforms and books cost more than what her father can afford. So school, like other luxuries, can only exist as a dream. But what Binh's family lacks in possessions, they more than make up for in love, heritage and tradition.
Since family is so very important, her grandmother's announcement comes as a great surprise. During the war, her grandmother had fallen in love with an American, but they became separated in the confusion and lost touch. In their short time together, they had a daughter named Di Hai. After the war, the government began killing many of the children with mixed heritage. To save her daughter's life, Binh's grandmother sent the five-year-old to an adoption organization in America. Thirty years later, Di Hai has tracked down her birth mother and is coming to Vietnam for a visit.
Binh cannot contain her excitement. Everyone knows that all Americans are very rich; Binh learns that from the films she watches at the video caf
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