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My Footprints

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels "double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a b ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Capstone
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Amalia Gkavea
‘’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 lov

I loved this book about a girl dealing with school bullying. There is no revenge or unrealistic resolve to it, she finds a way to be okay at home. It’s very good.

The girl is named Thuy and she has two moms. She gets kids making fun of her moms and telling her to go back to her country. That would be terrible. But Thuy begins making tracks in the snow, bird tracks, hoof prints and then goes to bigger animals like elephants that can protect her. Her moms get in on it and help her.

The artwork is
Schizanthus Nerd
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve read this book so many times that I’ve lost count but each time I’ve tried to write my review I haven’t known what I wanted to say about it.

Thuy has been bullied at school again. She is angry and upset, but on her way home she notices her “jagged footprints”.

When she sees a lone bird, she imagines what it would be like to be able to fly away from danger and recreates its footprints in the snow. She continues to imagine other animals and makes their footprints her own as she arrives home.
La Coccinelle
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, children, arc
I'm not sure what it is about this book. There really isn't much objectively wrong with it. I just didn't love it.

Maybe it's the style of illustration. It's cute and helps tell the story... but it's not really a style I like.

Maybe it's the slightly vague message. I read the book after having forgotten what the synopsis said it was about, and I didn't really get the theme from the actual reading. At first, I didn't really see what making animal tracks had to do with overcoming bullying; it become
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thuy is a little Vietnamese American ray of pure sunshine. 💖🌞

I don't know whether to gush about the kitty hat, the two mommies, the gorgeous illustrations, or how Thuy uses animals and their/her footprints to understand her emotions after being bullied at school for being different. This book is definitely going into my favorites collection. My birthday is in September (when My Footprints releases) so you can bet your 'snake butt' I'll be buying myself and my nephews this beautiful book. Thuy r
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
For Thuy, school is place in which she is driven to isolation and made to feel unwelcome. She is often laughed at for having two mothers, for being a girl and an immigrant. Yet, her solitary trip home leads to Thuy losing herself to the snowy landscape and through the shape of her footprints in the snow she imagines herself into another place or as another creature.

This imaginative play soothes her until her mothers inquire about her day. Thuy opens up and together they imagine themselves as po
Dana Cristiana
I would love to thank Bao Phi, Capstone and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

This little book has such a big place in my heart! It's about this little girl called Thuy. She has been bullied by children from school because she has two mothers, so after she encounters a beautiful red bird she tries creating the bird's footsteps, thinking about how it would have been if she herself was a bird.

Going home to her mothers, all three of them start creating footsteps of mythologic
Ms. Arca
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I was so excited about receiving an ARC of this new book by Bao Phi from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I loved A Different Pond and so I was thrilled to get to see what Bao Phi did next.

I am torn about this one !
-I really love the way Bao thinks carefully about stories (the author’s note made me appreciate the book much more) and how he works to put affirming and empowering stories into the world.
- I loved that the main character had a sense of curiosity, and a
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Footprints was a beautifully illustrated book about a young girl who has been bullied because she has two moms. Thuy and her moms decided to make their own footprints in the snow and talk about all different animals with their many strengths. Thuy then let her imagination soar and created her own rare and beautiful creature that was always kind and strong. Along the way, Thuy and her moms made their own footprints…of love.

Unfortunately, bullies exist.This is a good book to help children deal
***Book Lady ***
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book with breathtaking illustrations! I found myself not being able to wait to turn the next page and see what it beheld! The story was beautifully told and dealt with many tough issues like bullying and being different in many ways. Shining through the pages was the love she was shown by her two moms, who supported her and her amazing imagination. I highly recommend this book for any little ones and their loving adults to share!
*thank you to Netgalley and Capstone for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

This was a good, cute story. I really liked the illustrations, particularly the colours chosen. The story is unfortunately one that many children can identify with in some way. Either through bullying or having a family with same gender parents. I really felt the love from the mum's. It was touching and just shows just how big of an effect kindness can have on somebody.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you ever worked backwards from a picture book in an attempt to figure out how the author came up with the final product? No one can ever truly know a writer’s process except the writer themself, but as an exercise in revision it can be fun to try. For the best results, I suggest starting with a picture book that doesn’t slip into the crowd unnoticed. For example, in a given year I can read so many picture books that they all start to blur together. But when I read My Footprints by Bao Phi, ...more
Nory M.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Capstone Edition through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Such an inspiring read!

“There are lots of different ways to be strong. An eagle is strong at flying in the sky. A dolphin is strong at swimming in the sea” – Momma Arti

This is not your average book about bullying. Thuy is a Vietnamese American girl that has two moms. We meet Thuy when she is walking away from her bullies. I particularly liked this about the book, it is not focused on the bullies but rath
I received this book from netgalley and was attracted to it because of the cover - it did not disappoint on an artistic front. I loved the art throughout this title, and really loved the details but also the simplicity of the illustrations. The little cat hat the little girl wears throughout is fun and whimsy and both reminds me of so many little girls I know, and what I myself would have loved as a girl that age!

The book itself is a fun journey in strength and resilience and imagination. The li
Dana Gisser
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I appreciated the opportunity to read this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit I felt a little torn about how to review this book. On one hand, I felt a little lost in the message? I found myself thinking "this might be an interesting book to read for a science story time about animal tracking?" rather than understanding the metaphor of the footprints?

I think overall it was cute with a lot of potential but it fell a little bit short for me when it came to the st
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

Thuy is a Vietnamese-American little girl who is bullied and teased at school - in part because of her appearance/heritage, and also because she has two mothers instead of a mother/father parent base. On her way home from a particularly bad day at school she notices her footprints in the snow and her childhood imagination takes over and she pretends she's a variety of animals.

When she returns home, she tells her mothers a
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
My Footprints
by Bao Phi
Illustrated by Basia Tran
due 9-1-2019

#netgalley. #MyFootprints.

What a beautiful book!
Inspiring and positive, this is about a young girl, Thuy, who is bullied because she is Vietnamese-American and because she has two moms.
Thuy uses her imagination to Express her feelings by making footprints of different animals in the like a bird, sprint like a deer, roar like a lion.....
Her mother's, Momma Ngoc and Momma Arti, and Thuy, begin making their ow
I hadn't read anything about this book but grabbed it at my library because it has such a lovely cover. I imagined a beautiful winter book, and it is so much more. Bao Phi writes a loving author's note at the back for us readers, and the feelings and intent are shown in the words and gorgeous and snowy illustrations by Basia Tran. This is a story of a young girl Thuy who leaves school once more with kids laughing at her. She feels sad, enjoys seeing a cardinal on the way home while also watchin ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet, simple multicultural book. Thuy is a young girl who experiences the laughter and ridicule of other children at her own expense. She is young, sensitive and feels "different". She sees her own footprints in the snow and in her imagination becomes something more, something powerful and free. She loves her life and both of her mothers, but she is uncertain as to where she fits in. Momma Arti tells her there are many ways to be strong, and together, the three of them form their ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*netgalley review*

First of all, I never read a book that is related to LBGTQ. The book cover first caught my attention and I wanted to give a shot and I am happy I did.

It is a sweet and short book which revolves around our main character, Thuy. She is a Vietnamese-American girl who has two mums and because of such differences, she gets bullied at school. She tries to gain comfort and courage imagining strong animals like leopard, bear etc... With her mums, they make footprints of various cultura
Seema Rao
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet ~ Lovely ~ Gentle
tl; dr: Girl is teased but finds her own way (literally).

I requested this ARC based on the cover. And, the colored pencil (and perhaps watercolor) illustrations don't disappoint. The humans are well-drawn, but the imaginary animals are particularly nice. This would be a great book for a teacher helping kids see the many colors in "white" clouds and snow. But, I found the story about resilience, and a little girl finding her way despite mean people sweet. Being different i
A long walk through the snow gives Thuy the chance to express both her anger and her creativity after she is bullied by schoolmates for being different. Thuy makes her way home, mimicking various animal tracks as she forges the powdery path home to her mothers. There, she is met with empathy and unspoken support, and the three band together to find strength as they honor unexpected creatures of their imaginations and heritage.

A powerful Author's Note adds extra context to an already compelling t
Abby Johnson
When kids from school laugh at Thuy for being different, she feels powerless. On her way home from school, she sees her footprints in the snow and begins to make new footprints - first like the gentle cardinal and deer she sees, but soon like bigger, fiercer creatures that can stand up for themselves against bullies. Finally, when she gets home from school, Thuy and her moms start imagining giant creatures and make up a creature of their own. This is a quietly powerful story that may speak to ki ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Phi’s other children’s book “A Different Pond” and repeatedly purchased it as gifts for others; as soon as I heard he had another book coming out, I immediately put it on hold at my local library.

I was definitely not disappointed by this lovely children’s book — love the representation of an Asian daughter being raised by two mothers of color. I loved how cultural mythical creatures were also brought into the book for both story purposes and artistic illustration. Will definitely be gift
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't think this book had much to do with footprints. I think it goes in a few different directions when the message it's trying to send is that everyone is different and that's okay. Thuy is bullied for being a POC and for having two moms. Her way of coping is creating an animal that is strong and brave to fight away the bad feelings of being bullied. It's a sweet story but I wish it would have been a little more direct in its message. Books need to start telling bullies to stop being jerks ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beautiful artworks in this book, but the story... not really my style. Lot of imagination and familly love which is a good thing of course, but just seem like it was going nowhere. Love the art but not the story... too bad!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book! I cannot wait to share it with the children in my life!! Being a child who is bullied because of so many different things is not easy, but Bao addresses this with his sweet and sassy character and her moms beautifully while embracing her culture.
Viviane Elbee
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-book
Thuy (pronounces Twee) is an adorable, creative little girl who loves pretending to make the snow footprints of all sorts of animals on the way home from school, where she has a problem with being bullied.

The illustrations are wonderful.

Kids enjoyed this book.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun picture book featuring people of color and the LGBTQ community! Books like these need to become the norm for children's picture books. ...more
Juan Calvo
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A Beautiful Children’s Book Tries to Tackle Big World Topics

I’ve found that I don’t always give my kids enough credit. Like any six and nine year old, they are pretty thick headed, but they can also be sensitive, insightful and tuned it, at times. My Footprints by Bao Phi is one of those books where it doesn’t take much to empathize with the young character Thuy. She is teased and bullied in ways that just about anyone can appreciate, mainly for being different.

Throughout Phi’s book with its bu
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