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Hello, Mandarin Duck!
Hello, Mandarin Duck!
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Capstone Editions

Hello, Mandarin Duck!

by Bao Phi
Illustrated by Dion MBD

Twins Hue and Hoa are excited for the May Day parade! While waiting at the park for the parade to begin, they spot a little duck who seems new to the neighborhood—and looks confused by the crowd and commotion. How can the twins help the duck get to the pond? Many friends from the neighborhood stop to say hello and offer suggestions. Teamwork, collective brainstorming, and the duck’s own inspiration finally help it reach its new home—with an entire community welcoming it with a parade! A celebration of a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood that warmly welcomes newcomers from near and far, this story also encourages communal problem-solving and offers a gentle reminder of the deportation fears many children and families face.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level5-9 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
GenreRealistic Fiction
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count32

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Price: $9.99


International Examiner - Valerie Ooka Pang

"The book is about accepting new creatures to the community and the warmth that comes with that acceptance. It’s a fantastic story about linguistic diversity and finding one’s place in a community. The illustrations show the excitement of the children as they talk with and follow the duck. The artist shows many people, young and old, from the diverse neighborhood." - International Examiner

July 19, 2022

Star Tribune - Laurie Hertzel

""In his third children's book, Minneapolis poet Bao Phi writes about teamwork, collaboration and acceptance as neighbors welcome and protect the new and strange duck. Illustrations by joy, diversity and — as a police car rolls through — apprehension. A glossary translates the many languages quoted in this wise book. "" - Star Tribune

May 14, 2021

School Library Journal - Kristyn Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford Sch., New York City

"STARRED REVIEW! A lone mandarin duck has wandered into the local May Day Parade, and twins Hue and Hoa greet it in Vietnamese. As the duck walks through the parade, various neighborhood children stop to greet it in different languages, helping to lead it to water. Eventually, the bird leads the whole parade to the pond! . . .Issues of social justice are woven in through background images, such as paradegoers carrying signs stating “Black Lives Matter,” “No DAPL,” and “We have only one Earth.” There is also a moment when police sirens go off and everything is dark and quiet, highlighting the fears of various community members. The back matter provides information about the author’s experience with a similar event and what being and feeling welcome means to him. . . .A solid addition to collections, especially where titles about belonging are needed." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2021


Kirkus Reviews

"A lost mandarin duck is welcomed to the neighborhood as its residents celebrate culture and community on May Day. . . . The bright and cheery cartoon illustrations capture the exuberance and vibrant energy surrounding the day’s events. Background images incorporate the social activism associated with the real-life parade in Minneapolis on which the book’s event is based. Readers will spot signs emblazoned “Black Lives Matter,” “Say No to Homophobia,” and “No DAPL” (referring to the Dakota Access Pipeline) as well as a banner saying “End Deportation.”. . . A joyous and inclusive primer on how communities can unite to welcome newcomers." - Kirkus Reviews

January 1, 2021

Bao Phi

Bao Phi

Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.  He is an author, a poet, a community organizer, and a father.

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