Antheneum Books for Young Readers Published in Thailand in 2003, Published in U.S. 2006
144 pages, ages 9-12
The author Jane Vejjajiva is the sister of the Prime Minister of Thailand.
This is her first novel.
This book was borrowed from the library for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
Kati is 9 years old and in the fourth grade. She lives in a coastal community in Thailand with her maternal grandparents.
Kati's mother is ill with Lou Gehrig's disease. Kati has lived with her grandparents most of her life.
Her mother was an attorney as was the grandfather (now retired). The father of Kati is not in the story.
The book begins with showing the reader the daily life of Kati: food, school, transportation, the environment of her home and community, her Buddhist religion. The book then descends in to the reason the book was written: in helping Kati deal with the serious disease of her mother, the affects on the family, the outlook of the future, the disease and its ramifications on how others see this disease.
This is a book dealing with serious themes. It would not be appropriate for all children, maybe most children.
I would not read this book to a child unless the child has a terminally ill relative, this book could be used in helping the child---yet it also shows a peek at the culture of Thailand.
I would not recommend this book to just anyone, a parent would need to read the book first then decide.