The Words We Share is is a beautiful children’s story about a young girl who helps her dad navigate life in a new country. A story that inspires communication and community. ~ Momma Braga
Angie is used to helping her dad. Ever since they moved to Canada, he relies on her to translate for him from English to Chinese. Angie is happy to help: when they go to restaurants, at the grocery store, and, one day, when her dad needs help writing some signs for his work.
Building off her success with her dad’s signs, Angie offers her translation skills to others in their community. She’s thrilled when her new business takes off, until one of her clients says he’s unhappy with her work. When her dad offers to help, she can’t imagine how he could. Working together, they find a surprising solution.
The Words We Share is a beautiful children’s story about a young girl who helps her dad navigate life in a new country. A story that inspires communication and community.
As I read the story, it reminded me of growing up in my own home where my parents did not know English. Therefore, I did a lot of the translating growing up. I even laughed at the part of Angie making signs for her dad for work as I did the exact same thing for my mom who worked in cleaning.
This personal connection made me realize how important and instrumental translating is in communicating and creating community.
For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give The Words We Share, 5 stars out of 5! It is a true reflection of the struggles that many immigrant families and the pressure on children often face when in a new country. With empathy, community support and understanding can help break the language barrier. This story reminds us of this.
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About the Author
Jack Wong is based in Kjipuktuk/Halifax Nova Scotia. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Jack creates stories indelibly marked by a first-generation Asian Canadian experience. His first book, When You Can Swim, won the 2023 Boston Globe – Horn Book Picture Book Award.
Until next time…Happy Parenting!
~ Momma Braga
*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.