EMWF Kids' Reads

Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars
Written by Marsha Skrypuch
Published by Pyjama Press

A book review by Miriam, grade 6

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Welcome Miriam! Can you tell us what this book is about?

Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars is about an 8 year old Vietnamese girl named Tuyet, who has an injured foot so she can’t walk properly, but is too afraid to say anything because she is worried about the consequences of being thought of as disabled. She had been living in an orphanage and helping with the babies, but when the war in Vietnam made things too dangerous, some aid workers loaded her  into a truck with a bunch of the babies, and took her away. Without really knowing what was happening, Tuyet was sent away from Vietnam and brought to Canada to live with  a new family. This book tells about Tuyet adjusting to her new life in Canada, among new people who don’t even speak her language. It also tells about all of the surgeries done on her leg and foot and the difference they make in her life.

What do you like about this book?

I like that this book shares important information about hard experiences and allows children like myself to try to understand what it was like for children like Tuyet, but in a way that is not too disturbing and is okay for younger children to read.

What's your favourite part of the story and why?

My favourite part of this book is Tuyet’s first night in her new home, especially how she tries so hard to understand and copy what the other children are doing. The part where she has her first bath in the bathtub with bubbles just makes me feel warm inside. I can also relate to that scene because when I was little I would always have bubble baths and I would give myself Santa hair and a beard with the bubbly foam.

Why should other kids read this book?

I think that other children should read this book because it is very informative, but in a child-friendly way. It teaches about the fear and pain that children such as Tuyet can feel, especially if they are forced to leave their homes because of war. Sky of Bombs Sky of Stars draws you into the story  and life of Tuyet, and the many other children who have had experiences like hers. The book can be amusing and it can be sad, and it helps us remember that some children have had very hard lives. You never really know what someone has been through, so it is important to be sensitive and kind. The book was enjoyable, and the end was beautiful and made me feel like everything would be okay for Tuyet.

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recommend this book to kids who want to learn more about what life is like for children less fortunate than themselves.

If you could ask the author a question, what would it be?

If I could ask the author a question, I would ask her how she met Son Thi Anh Tuyet, and how did she feel about having her story in a published book?

Thank you Miriam!