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Gateway to the soul

EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho describes the bond, beauty, and love between generations.


Characters: Girl, Mama, Amah, Mei-Mei


Theme: Family bonds, love, and lore


Conflict: What makes me special?


Perspective: First person


Plot: Girl notices that her eyes are different from her classmates, her eyes "kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea." She observes that her eyes are just like her mother, grandmother, and sister. She learns that her eyes are part of her family's history and what binds them together with love.


Style: poetic prose


Setting: Asian household and cultural scenes




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