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The walking stick /
by Maxine Trottier ; illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko.
imprint
Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 1998.
description
[24] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0773731016 :
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imprint
Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 1998.
isbn
0773731016 :
abstract
Young Van finds a walking stick at the foot of a huge teak tree. Blessed by Buddha, it becomes his talisman, his lifelong link to the past, and the support he will need to carry him into an uncertain future.
catalogue key
3471857
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This item was reviewed in:
Quill & Quire, February 1999
School Library Journal, September 1999
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Description for Library
A story about a walking stick fashioned by a Buddhist monk in Vietnam for a young boy who carries it throughout his life, even when he must leave his native land & come to America.
Main Description
Our Choice outstanding book selection, CCBC Outstanding Book, Parent Council In this exquisitely wrought tale, young Van finds a walking stick at the foot of a huge teak tree. Blessed by Buddha, it becomes his talisman, his life long link to the past, and the support he will need to carry him into the uncertain future. For when the winds change blow, not even the deep forest of Vietnam remain safe. With the walking stick and his indomitable spirit, Van leads his family to safety and new land. Though the years pass in peace, the ever-present tap, tapping at the brass-tipped walking stick is Van's constant reminder of the customs, voices, and land he will always remember with love. When the stick's long odyssey is finally over, it is Van's granddaughter who carries it home and places it at Buddha's feet. The Walking Stick is a tribute to all those who must see beyond the next hill.
Unpaid Annotation
Blessed by the Buddha, the stick Van finds becomes his talisman. He keeps it at his side when war forces him to lead his family out of Vietnam to safety. Across the sea and in a strange new land, the continuous tapping of the walking stick serves as a life-long reminder of the customs and the people he left behind.

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