The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look.

Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. Weaving together Kalia's story with that of her beloved grandmother, the book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother--a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth--who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most. Stunning illustrations from Vietnamese illustrator Khoa Le bring this intergenerational tale to life.

Title:The Most Beautiful Thing
ISBN:9781541561915
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  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This is a beautiful story about a young girl and her relationship with her Hmong grandmother. This book reminded me of the neighborhood where I grew up. It had many Polish immigrant...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    I really, really, really love the cover and the amazing illustrations inside!The story is authentic. It's nostalgic for me in so many ways.The love of a family is well defined definitely!I love books ...

  • Dawn Michelle

    This is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Do not be fooled by its small size [there are only 32 pages here]; there is a lot going on here, in both text and the illustrat...

  • Andrea

    It's been so long since I last read a children's book that I had forgotten the magic in them.This book is beautifully written and even more beautifully illustrated. Drawn from the author's own childho...

  • Shaye Miller

    I loved this beautiful story about the love grandchildren have for their grandmother. She struggled through the worst of times, losing her parents, facing hunger, and ending up with only one tooth. Th...

  • Etienne

    Like many of those Asian inspire family story we often see nowadays this one as a very peaceful and beautiful art and at the same time a very slow family story. Those are always interesting but very s...

  • Tahoora Hashmi

    Such a wholesome and heart touching story. It's for kids, yes, but I wish everyone would read this no matter what their age is because of the lesson it teaches us (of self acceptance). It have beautif...

  • Amie's Book Reviews

    MOST BEAUTIFUL REVIEW & LINKS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL is a gorgeously illustrated,  intergenerational, story about a Hmong-American family who left their ancestral homeland in hopes of a better life. The ...

  • Edward Sullivan

    A poignant, heartfelt picture book memoir in which Yang draws on her personal experiences as a Hmong refugee centering on her relationship with her grandmother. Stunning mixed media illustrations by K...

  • Bandita

    It was a sweet story, kinda okay. But the illustrations were mesmerizing! They were stunning! I loved the illustrations more than the story....