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Always With You

by Ruth Vander Zee

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It's a beautifully tragic story--probably one of the saddest children's picture books I've read. Kim's mother is killed after a bomb goes off in Vietnam, and Kim is left with only her mother's final words of "I will always be with you." She uses these words as her hope for survival. Through the orphanage and trying to start her life again, Kim holds onto these words dearly. While the story ends with hope, it's not exactly a happy story, but one of courage in the face of utter darkness. It's a heavy storyline, so probably not best for a whole-class read. But it's a great history lesson and a touching story. ( )
  ghelmus | Jun 17, 2014 |
Powerful story about a young Vietnamese girl who is orphaned when her mother is killed and her village destroyed. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Kim is the Vietnamese girl who live through the Vietnam war. She lost her mother through bombing of her village. The last word she hard from her mama was "Don't be afraid. I will always be with you." Those words give her the courage and strength to continue her life in a peace, even though her eye were damage. ( )
  thuvan0301 | Jan 22, 2013 |
NCLA Review - This children's book is a true story from the Vietnam War. Four year old Kim finds her mother in a hole where their house had been after their village was bombed by the Viet Cong. As her mother is dying, she tells Kim, "I will always be with you." Viet Cong soldiers find her and hit her in the back of her head with the butt of a gun. When she awakens, her vision is blurred and she only sees things in black and white. American soldiers find her and bring her to an orphanage. Even though there are bombs exploding in the background, she finds comfort and feels safe at the orphanage for five years. She is sent to the US for eye surgery and is adopted by a family in Chicago. Her vision is never restored but her story gives hope even in the most desperate situations. The illustrations are poignant. I would not recommend this book to very young children. Ages five and up would be best. Rating: 3—PD ( )
  ncla | Nov 13, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802852955, Hardcover)

After her mother is killed by an explosion that also destroys her Vietnam village, four-year-old Kim is alone and afraid. Eventually, she is rescued by soldiers who bring her to an orphanage.

Surrounded by the love of the couple who run the orphanage, the companionship of the children who live there, and her mother's promise, ?I will always be with you, ? Kim finds the strength and courage to survive.

This picture book for older readers, based on a true story from the Vietnam War, portrays the hope that exists in even the most desperate situations. Poignant illustrations capture the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of kindness.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:31:49 -0400)

Orphaned at the age of four when her village in Viet Nam is bombed, Kim is rescued by soldiers and raised in an orphanage, always finding comfort in her mothers last words--"Don't be afraid. I will always be with you."

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