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Mali Under the Night Sky

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Maliís life as a young girl in Laos was surrounded by love, tight family bonds and rich cultural experiences, but was also filled with the hardship and trials of growing up in country torn by civil war. Mali not only recalls her fond memories of special times with friends and family, but of her own familyís fate as refugees traveling from Laos to Thailand.
Cinco Puntos continues to embrace cultures and topics not that are not just limited to the region. Their stories often come from real-life situations from the author that bring a real an authenticity to the story that even re-tellings of folk tales or well-known legends cannot.
ĎMalií is prime example. Although not an autobiographical depiction, award-winning Youme made sure to grasp the experience of Maliís story through not just the events, but also the language (including several beautifully-drawn examples of Lao text), food, traditions and even through the illustrationsí borders themselves, that celebrate the patterns and look of the regionís design. The book also includes a self-portrait and commentary by Mali herself. This makes for a package that is not only gracefully done but respectfully and graciously presented.
- Lisa Kay Tate, 

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