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Mali Under the Night Sky

Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home - Youme Landowne

APA Citation: 

Y., & Kouanchao, M. (2010). Mali under the night sky: A Lao story of home. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.



The true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the war began, Mali lived an idyllic life in a community where she felt safe and was much loved. But the coming war caused her family to flee to another country and a life that was less than ideal. What did she carry with her? She carried her memories. And they in turn carried her across the world, sharing where she is from and all that she loves with the people she meets.


Author Information: 

Youme Landowne is an energetic and joyful painter, book artist, and activist who thrives in the context of public art. Youme has lived in and learned from the United States, Kenya, Japan, Laos, Haiti, and Cuba. In all of these places, she has worked with communities and individuals to make art that honors personal and cultural wisdom, creating community murals, illustrating tiny books, and teaching poetry in schools.



2011 Skipping Stones honor book


Target Audience: Grades 4-8 


Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction


Interest: Laotian history, culture, refugee, immigration, prisoner of war.