Green Papayas (Hardcover)

Green Papayas By Nhung Tran Davies, Gillian Newland (Illustrator) Cover Image

Green Papayas (Hardcover)


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Author Nhung Tran-Davies relives her family's story as refugees from the Vietnam War and their journey from a Malaysian refugee camp to their new home in Canada.

Oma has been in hospital,
for four suns and three moons.
Thinner, silver-haired, and wrinkly.
She smiles. She hugs. And then she asks,
"What's your name, my dear?"
In the warmth of her love we press close,
holding her hands.
Then Mama says...

"Let me tell you a story, about a woman.
Across the ocean, across the sea,
in a land of green papayas, mandolins,
and rice paddies."

Green Papayas is the story of a family's time with their aging grandmother (Oma) who is in hospital. Through Mama's recollections of the past they are reminded of Oma's courage in shepherding her family through war and across the ocean to safety. They learn of the past hardships that defined their grandmother and which gave them the opportunities to accomplish their dreams in their new home in Canada. After Oma passes away, they cherish the memory of this remarkable woman, and the sacrifices she made to ensure that her children and grandchildren, would be free to dream.

The lessons shared by Mama about the sacrifices made by Oma to get the family safely to a new home across the ocean ensures that her legacy will live on through her grandchildren.

Nhung Tran-Davies is a physician, author, mother of three and an advocate for social justice through education. Born in Vietnam, the youngest of six children, she was five when she and her family came to Canada in 1979 after spending eight months in a Malaysian refugee camp. She is the author of A Grain of Rice, The Doll and other books for young readers. Green Papayas is her fifth picture book. She lives in Calmar, Alberta. Gillian Newland is a visual artist whose multimedia work appears in a number of publications, ranging from magazines, to book covers, to children's picture books. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780889955608
ISBN-10: 0889955603
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English