Posted on November 27th, 2012 by pajamapress
…Readers will immediately be drawn in from the very first page. The book only covers Tuyet’s journey by airplane from Saigon to Toronto, Canada and her adoption to a new family who loves her very much. When Tuyet is flying to Canada, another orphan, Linh, gives her some advise. Whenever someone asks you something in English, answer, No. That will stop them from doing what they were going to do. The last three chapters are most touching as we learn just how patient Tuyet’s new family is as they learn how to communicate with each other. (They do not speak Vietnamese) Some of the changes in Tuyet’s life were difficult. For instance, Tuyet was used to sleeping with all the other orphans on the floor at the orphanage, she is unable to adjust to sleeping alone in a bed in her own bedroom.
Historic black & white photographs, including some of Tuyet, enhance the reading experience.
In a historic note, Skrypuch briefly explains the rescue operation. In her Author’s note, we learn that Tuyet currenly lives in Skrypuch’s hometown of Brantford, Ontario. It is great to see Tuyet as a grown up woman.
Click here to read the full review.
Posted in Last Airlift | Tagged Adoption, airlift, blog, family, immigrant, Last Airlift, librarian, marsha-forchuk-skrypuch, marsha-skrypuch, nonfiction-detectives, Orphan, refugee, Review, reviewer, Saigon, Vietnam, war
Posted on April 16th, 2012 by pajamapress
In this interview Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch discusses Last Airlift, its upcoming sequel, and the merits of children’s non-fiction on Nash Holos Ukranian Roots Radio in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Listen to the interview here.
Posted in Last Airlift | Tagged Adoption, airlift, Canada, children, courage, family, History, interview, Juvenile, Last Airlift, literature, marsha-forchuk-skrypuch, military, nash-holos, non-fiction, Orphan, Pajama Press, polio, Saigon, ukrainian, Vietnam, war
Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by pajamapress
Tuyet’s remarkable true story recounts the heroic rescue on a plane bigger than her orphanage, with babies hurriedly placed in cardboard boxes and an unknown future for all. With the new foods, her own bed, eating with a fork, using a toothbrush (instead of her fingers and some salt), walking on grass (instead of rice paddies), and learning that the lights in the nighttime sky are stars instead of bombs, it’s her adjustment to a foreign land and an adopted family that proves most fascinating.
Posted in Last Airlift | Tagged Adoption, Booklist, books, Children's literature, Last Airlift, Orphan, Pajama Press, Review, Saigon, Vietnam, Vietnam War