A Different Pond & Jabari Jumps – 2 Amazing Kid’s Lit Reads


Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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This was such a great read!

A Different Pond is everything I want from a kid’s book. Of course there are some books we all want to just be fun and cute, but I also want some books in my library that are easy to read but also teach something.

This book follows a young boy and his father as they fish for food for the family. Boa also listens to his dad as he talks about where their family is from and about fishing in Vietnam.  I also really loved the art style. The colors are all really pretty, there are lots of dark blues and some browns, which all look amazing together. I think this would be a great book to read for everyone.

I gave it four stars on Goodreads.


Goodreads Synopsis: Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. 

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This is another great nominee from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Jabari Jumps is a really cute read. I’ve heard that it’s good book for ages 3-10. It follows a young boy named Jabari who wants to jump off the diving board at the local pool, but is having a little bit of a hard time since the jump is so high.

I really liked how it addressed the issue of fear and wanting to do something. I really liked the dad in the story and how helpful and encouraging he was. I also loved that the characters were POC. I’d really like to find more kid lit books with POC as main characters to add to my library.

Anyway, the art was cute. The story easy to read. The characters great. I thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it four stars on Goodreads.

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