Krit Dreams of Dragon Fruit: A Story of Leaving and Finding Home (Hardcover)
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A beautifully illustrated, Zen-inspired picture book for children ages 4-8 about moving to a new home, making friends, and finding beauty wherever you are.
Krit and his dog, Mu, love their beautiful home in Thailand--full of golden temples, colorful mountainsides, and endless adventures. Everything seems perfect until Krit's mother announces they will be moving to the frigid city of Chicago. At first, Krit tries to adjust to this unfamiliar place, but he can't do any of the things he used to love. Missing Thailand, Krit asks his mother to tell him a story about home. But instead of a story, she gives Krit a koan--a Zen riddle--to puzzle through. Krit wonders what the story about a blade of grass and Buddha's smile have to do with home, but in solving the puzzle, Krit meets a new friend and learns that home is wherever he makes it.
About the Author
EMILY FRANCE is the critically acclaimed young adult author of Zen and Gone (a Washington Post Best Book for Young Readers) and Signs of You (an Apple iTunes Best of the Month). She graduated from Brown University and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a JD. She has lived in nine different U.S. states and traveled to places in Russia, India, Europe, and Central America. She now lives in Colorado with her family. Her Zen practice is the taproot of her inspiration. Connect with her online at emilyfrancebooks.com.
NATALIE BECHER was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand and has moved all over the world. She graduated from Brown University and holds an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Today, after living on three different continents, she has returned to Bangkok where she lives with her husband and two children. Natalie was taught Buddhist traditions as a child and has deepened her practice in recent years.
“A welcome modern tale of immigration featuring a Thai protagonist.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Picture books about families moving abound, but this one is different. Krit isn’t just missing familiar people and places, he’s missing his culture, and his happy ending springs from adopting a different outlook as well as finding a friend. In the illustrations, bright colors contrast with shades of gray, often reflecting changes in mood as the story progresses. A helpful new slant on an old theme. ”—Booklist