From the Tops of the Trees

Kao Kalia Yang recalls how her father climbed a tree to offer her a vision of life beyond the refugee camp she lived in as a child in this moving picture book.

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Review of ‘From the Tops of the Trees’

With realism and a strong thread of empowerment, author Kao Kalia Yang shares a story based on events she experienced as a child living at Thailand’s Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in From the Tops of the Trees.

Yang captures the rhythms of camp life from the start. Her family sits in the shade of a…

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