The Walking Stick

The Walking Stick

Book - 1998
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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.


Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart Kids, 1998.
ISBN: 9780773731011
0773731016
Branch Call Number: JP Trott 3701 3
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Galouchko, Annouchka

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vpl_childrens Dec 09, 2015

A young man in Vietnam makes a walking stick with his uncle. The stick is his constant companion and he takes it with him when he and his wife and child must flee during the Vietnam war. His daughter grows, up marries and has a child of her own who takes her grandfather's walking stick back to Vietnam.

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