Glass Tears

Tian and her family make a special glass bouquet to place on their father’s grave. Some years before, he had left Vietnam on a ship bound for a wider, browner land, but never came home. As Tian threads the tiny glass beads onto wire stems she remembers her father and sheds for him, a glass tear.

Based on a true event from the 1940s, this gentle story by Jane Jolly has been illustrated by Di Wu.

Glass Tears follows in the tradition of Jane Jolly’s first picture book,Limpopo Lullaby, and interwines the reality of a unique cultural event with beautiful, evocative language.

CBC Notable Book 2006

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