Ten Cents a Pound
Author: Nhung N. Tran-Davies
Illustrator: Josée Bisaillon
A mother’s sacrifice for the sake of her daughter’s future.
"Ten cents a pound is what I’ll earn,
To buy these books and set you free."
A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go—that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.
Reading Age: 5-9
Reading Level: 1-3
Dimensions: 21.59 x 0.95 x 27.94 cm
Publication date: 2018