A young girl and her mother have a loving, passionate conversation with each other. The girl is torn between her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go, that there is more to life than the labor in the coffee trees.
Nhung N. Tran-Davies is a physician and founder of the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. She has been a speaker at the un’s International Organization for Migration conference in Geneva as part of its I am a Migrant campaign to help reduce hate speech and promote tolerance.
Josée Bisaillon has illustrated more than twenty picture books and has been shortlisted twice for a Governor General’s Literary Award. Josée lives near Montreal, Quebec, with her husband and three children. For more information, visit www.joseebisaillon.com.