Ten Cents a Pound

Ten Cents a Pound


By Nhung N. Tran-Davies and Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon


A mother’s sacrifice for the sake of her daughter’s future.

"Ten cents a pound is what I’ll earn, 
 To buy these books and set you free." 

A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go—that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.


About the Illustrator

Josée Bisaillon has illustrated more than 20 picture books as well as numerous editorial illustrations. Her work has received recognition from Applied Arts, American Illustration and The Society of Illustrators. She has been shortlisted twice for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards. Josée lives near Montréal, Québec with her family.

About the Author

Nhung N. Tran-Davies is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979, and in 2013 Nhung founded the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. She spoke at the UN's International Organization on Migration in Geneva as part of their "I am a Migrant" campaign to help reduce hate speech and promote tolerance. Nhung and her family live outside Edmonton, Alberta.

Product Information

  • Release: April 10, 2018
  • $18.95 Paperback
  • 24 Pages
  • Picture Book
  • 8.5 x 11
  • Ages 5-9 / Grades 1-3
  • ISBN: 9781772600568


  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity
  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters
    > Family & Friendship
  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures

Advanced Praise

"A compelling tale of love and sacrifice told through a series of rhythmic verses and poignant observations. In a story at turns both whimsical, with beautiful fluttering butterflies and flowers, and gritty, with stooped backs, worn hands, and tired faces, two generations of women dream of a better tomorrow." - Foreword Reviews