Like a Dandelion


4-8 years

Own Voices

Cambodian-American Creator

Refugee Experiences




Huy Voun Lee


Like a Dandelion is such a sweet book, and follows a young child as she moves with her mother to a new place. Using the metaphor of a dandelion’s life cycle, the pair take root in a new place and begin to blossom in their new environment. The lyrical text flows and the illustrations show almost an entire year passing. The young girl bravely starts a new school, and begins to make friends. Soon, a new dandelion arrives and is spotted by her.

Like a Dandelion is a beautiful book that can catch the emotions associated with immigration to a new country, or a move to a new city beautifully and tenderly for young readers. In the back is an author’s note as well as a photo of her as a child.

This book was kindly sent by Harper Kids, but all opinions are my own. Like a Dandelion is out now! For #SweetsAndSocialJustice this week, I tried to create my own pastry-based dandelion that would be a perfect treat to share with others! I made some quick apple filling with some leftover apples that were a bit soft for my taste, and sealed them in between two layers of pie dough. The result was a tear and share that reminded me of a fluffy dandelion head!

Huy Voun Lee

Huy Voun Lee arrived in New York City at the age of six as a Cambodian refugee. She quickly developed a love for art and Origami. Huy has written and illustrated many books for children using her colorful cut paper style incorporating Chinese characters into her books. On many days, she can be found sharing the joys of Origami and art with school children in New York City and visitors of the Museum of Natural History. Huy studied at the School for Visual Arts and lives with her husband on the Upper West Side.

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