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"Vy's Special Gift" is a story about a little girl waiting in line to get her ration of food during COVID-19. The line was long and there wasn't enough food for everyone. Read all about sharing, sympathizing, and surviving the pandemic from the perspective of the little girl. ...more
ebook, 28 pages
Published October 22nd 2020 by Room to Read, The Peace Studio
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Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Beautifully illustrated in mustard and periwinkle, the main character waits for a rice ration in Vietnam during Covid. Each act of Vy's kindness—a lullaby, a poem, a drawing—is an unexpected burst of vibrant colors. This is a hopeful story of the transformative power of sharing and creativity in the most stretching, leanest times. Vy shows us how to do this. ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and powerful books like there are so important to share with our children. For children who experience something similar, this book shows them they’re not alone. For children who are lucky enough to have never gone hungry, or close to it, this can help them become more aware, empathetic, and understanding. If you’re able, I encourage you to get a copy of this book to share with the children in your life.

The story begins with a young girl, Ivy, running late to get in line for rice all b
Daisy May Johnson
Vy's Special Gift took my breath away. I was offered a copy of it to review by the author, and the outline intrigued me so I accepted. The book itself made me have a little moment because it's very, very good. There's something rather magical about Trinh's simple, genuine story, and when it's paired with the melancholic beauty of Shelvia's artwork, it goes somewhere rather special indeed.

Based on a true story in Trinh's homeland of Vietnam, it tells the story of a girl waiting in a line for fre

I am reviewing this book in conjunction with MultiCultural Children's Book Day on January 29, 2021. I was gifted the book in pdf form by the author, Ha-Giang Trinh. The book is illustrated by Evi Shelvia. This book was developed under the collaboration between the Peace Studio and Room to Read.

Little girl Ivy begins her morning running down to the line for free rice. The illustration is somber except for Ivy's light blue mask and red backpack. Everyone is wearing light blue masks w
Vivian Kirkfield
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a totally authentic story, told in the voice of a child who has experienced hunger and sadness in Vietnam during COVID-19. But the beauty of the story is in the positive attitude of the child. As she waits on a food line to receive a bit of rice, she entertains a smaller child by drawing with him. And she entertains a baby with her singing. Even though she is very hungry, she allows an elderly woman to go ahead of her.
With simple language and haunting illustrations, this is a story that
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