I Dream of Popo

I Dream of Popo
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January 05, 2021
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From New York Times bestselling author Livia Blackburne and illustrator Julia Kuo, here is I Dream of Popo. This delicate, emotionally rich picture book celebrates a special connection that crosses time zones and oceans as Popo and her granddaughter hold each other in their hearts forever.

I dream with Popo as she rocks me in her arms.
I wave at Popo before I board my flight.
I talk to Popo from across the sea.
I tell Popo about my adventures.

When a young girl and her family emigrate from Taiwan to America, she leaves behind her beloved popo, her grandmother. She misses her popo every day, but even if their visits are fleeting, their love is ever true and strong.

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beautiful book about family and love
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I DREAM OF POPO is a beautiful book about immigration, family, and culture. A young girl loves spending time with her Popo (grandmother) in Taiwan. When her family leaves to come to San Diego, the girl is sad to leave her Popo behind. She talks to Popo over the phone, but it isn't the same. In San Diego, she is learning English and making new friends, which she is excited to talk to Popo about. When she goes back to visit, she finds that it is hard to remember the easy fluency she used to have, but Popo's hugs and love still feel the same.

What I loved: This is a gorgeous book between the lyrical prose and the lush illustrations. The love between grandparent and grandchild shines through the pages. While the main theme is certainly this love and connection, there are some important themes about culture and the immigrant experience that bring awareness. I loved the way the young girl and her Popo connect, and the way they share their love. The illustrations are gorgeous as well, with plenty of detail and Taiwanese foods and places. The writing flows off the tongue so beautifully that it is delightful to read aloud.

The author and illustrator notes at the back are also a great addition that help bring additional context to the story and images. Their experiences add to the richness of the text.

Final verdict: I DREAM OF POPO is a beautiful book of love and family. Highly recommend for picture book readers of all ages who will enjoy the lush illustrations, family connections, and beautiful writing.
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