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From the Tops of the Trees

"Father, is all of the world a refugee camp?" Young Kalia has never known life beyond the fences of the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. The Thai camp holds many thousands of Hmong families who fled… Read More →

  • Lexile: 610
  • Dewey: 362.7/7914
  • Copyright: 2021


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“[A]n homage to four-year-old Kaila, who wished to see the world again and again from the tallest trees, and to her father, who first hoisted her up in the treetops.” —Children’s Literature


The Horn Book Magazine

“In sensitive and empowering words, Yang speaks about historical truths and shares her own childhood story with readers.”—The Horn Book Magazine


Publishers Weekly

“A stirring, lyrical portrait of hope and intergenerational bonds.”—starred, Publishers Weekly


School Library Journal

“[A] gentle celebration of vision, hope, and determination . . .”—starred, School Library Journal



“Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, with a hopeful and inspiring message, this story will not soon be forgotten.”—starred, Booklist


Kirkus Reviews

“This story of resilience and generational hope is told in an expressive, straightforward narrative style. A visually striking, compelling recollection.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews