I Dream of Popo
A picture book about a young immigrant who stays connected to her grandmother through communication and love.
With tender language and striking art, I Dream of Popo follows a young girl as she and her family emigrate from Taiwan to San Diego, leaving behind the narrator's maternal grandmother, Popo.
The story touches on learning a new language, acclimating to a new home, and the changing relationship the child maintains with her beloved Popo even when they are apart. Over time, their visits are fleeting, but their love is ever true and strong.
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.
Livia Blackburne is the New York Times–bestselling author of the Midnight Thief and Rosemarked duologies. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, at age five. After stints at Harvard and MIT, where she earned a AB in Biochemical Sciences and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, she moved to Los Angeles, where she lives with her family
Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American illustrator who has worked with the New York Times, Google, and Science Friday. Julia has taught illustration at Columbia College Chicago and at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. She has illustrated The Sound of Silence, Go, Little Green Truck!, Daisy and Josephine, and Everyone Eats.
“Readers will connect with this visual story on various levels or learn something new; possibly both. #Ownvoices tributes to childhood memories of home: It is as much an emotional space as a physical place.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A richly nuanced narrative that illuminates the interstices of one family’s diasporic experience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A tender, emotionally resonant tale of a girl who must say goodbye to Popo, her beloved grandmother, when her family emigrates from Taiwan to the United States.” —The Buffalo News
“A beautiful story to share between parents or grandparents and the children they love.” —The Daily Press
“A lyrical and heartfelt tribute to the power of love across geography and generations.” —Bookpage
“Rich with emotions, cultural traditions, and enchanting illustrations, this book celebrates the love between a child and grandparent.” —Andrea Wang, for Parents Magazine
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