- An important struggle for survival in a tragic circumstance.
This perspective examines the novel from the perspective of Cambodians who have survived the holocaust wreaked by the Khmer Rouge. Vithy represents their struggle and success. Again, from the perspective of an innocent child.
A Worthy Book about a past event
This examines this novel from the perspective of a 2003 teenager. This novel is about:
- A young boy walking a lot and meeting a couple of people.
- A young boy from another culture who shows respect for elders.
- There is a great amount of description and not much dialogue.
These place the novel into the area of those with some skill is understanding descriptions and able to relate that description to their own world a student capable of imaginative and abstract thought.