Little bookworm spawns’ mini reviews – A Different Pond, Argyle Fox and Ivy in Bloom

It’s Children’s Book Week!

A Different Pond

[NetGAlley Arc]

This book touch my soul in a very special way 🙂

5 heartwarming stars!

Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event–a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam. The New York Times has said that Bao Phi’s poetry “rhymes with the truth.” Together with graphic novelist Thi Bui’s striking, evocative art, Phi’s expertly crafted prose reflects an immigrant family making its way in a new home while honoring its bonds to the past.


Because, there is hardships in life, and sacrifices but you gotta persevere!

This book was just splendorous. From the beautiful cover and the dreamy illustrations to the heartwarming stories of immigrants’ hardships. This book touched my immigrant soul is a very special way 🙂 . It took me back to those times with my grand-grandma and grandparents and their Spanish Civil War survival tales [hiding from the bombs, praying to survive, smuggling food through the border to feed their family] and then the stories of heartbreaking poverty and immigrant assimilation I lived to a certain extend as well when I moved to the US and that are my own immigrant tales that I tell my kids when I want to remind them how fortunate they are and how grateful they should be for everything they have. I’m definitely adding this book to Our Familiairum Library!


Argyle Fox

[NetGAlley Arc]

Poor little fox! The wind would not let him be! But, he persevered! 🙂

3.6 persevering stars!

Argyle Fox with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.

The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.


Spring is finally here. You just want to go outside right? And there are SO MANY things you can do in spring when you are this little, cute fox: play soccer, sail in your own pirate ship, build castles and battle ferocious, fire breathing dragons. BUT, you know, there is this annoying dude, the wind, that wouldn’t let you be.


Per·se·vereˌ pərsəˈvir/, verb – Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.

And I’m nothing if not persisting. So I loved what this book was about!I saw the ARC in NetGalley and It was love at first sight, AKA cover love.

I’m just a sucker for that kind of illustration and that color palette. So I requested the ARC and, it was such a delight! The illustrations inside as just as charming, filled with whimsical animals and wild settings.

And there are KITES! And there is nothing more inspirational that a kite!. 


Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past

Cover love and a great idea!

2.8 stars

Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’s eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.


Let me start by saying this was cover inst-love. I requested this book mainly because of the cover. It’s stunning! Secondly I thought the premise was wonderful. I loved the idea of introducing poetry from those great poets. The illustrations inside were beautiful too, However, I giving this book 2.8 stars because I wished the execution would have been differently. The composition felt a little incoherent.

I hope you read these books with your little spawns!

Let’s make every child a reader! Enjoy the Children’s Book Week!

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