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The Little Refugee : The Inspiring True Story of Australia's Happiest Refugee - Anh Do

The Little Refugee

The Inspiring True Story of Australia's Happiest Refugee

By: Anh Do, Suzanne Do, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2011
ISBN: 9781742378329
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

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Anh Do's inspirational story about his family's incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children.

Giant waves crashed down on our little boat. I was terrified but my mum hugged me tight and told me, 'Everything will be okay. Don't worry, it will be okay.'

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It was a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms, but they managed to survive. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no English and funny lunches. But there was a loving extended family, lots of friends, and always something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. And eventually for a young Anh, who tried hard to see the bright side of life no matter what the difficulty, there was triumph. The Little Refugee tells the uplifting and inspiring story of the incredible childhood of one of Australia's favourite personalities.

About the Author

Anh Do is one of Australia's leading comedians. He has also acted in television series and films, written screenplays and is a sought-after keynote speaker. His unique and inspirational experience leaving Vietnam as a toddler and growing up in Australia is the subject of his bestselling and award-winning memoir, The Happiest Refugee.

About the illustrator

Bruce Whatley is one of Australia's best-loved and most respected author/illustrators. His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes, The Secret World of Wombats and Baby Wombat's Week also illustrated by Bruce. The best-selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, Josephine Wants to Dance, Queen Victoria's Underpants and The Shaggy Gully Times. Bruce has illustrated over forty books to date, including Monster written by Andrew Daddo and a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith.

A must read


A great story from one of Australia's more well known refugees. Good to start a conversation with your children about refugees, immigration and experiences that children around the world have to face.

Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia


Great for Kids


This book is a great resource for our home school. It helps to introduce the concept that Australians come from many countries under many different situations.



Great story to share with school children


I bought it to share with my Grade 4/5/6 class as we were researching influential Australian identities and Anh Do is well known to these children through his 'WeirDo' series of children's books. Fantastic source of information for a biography task.

Mildura, Australia


The Little Refugee


As a teacher we are using it in a unit of work to compare two books



lovlely book highly recommend


gave to my daughter who is a teacher at multi cultural school. read myself and read recently where anh doh has won prize with this book



The Little Refugee

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ISBN: 9781742378329
ISBN-10: 1742378323
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old
For Grades: PS - 4
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st November 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 29.4 x 24.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

Anh Do

About the Author

Anh Do (born 2 June 1977) is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor and comedian. He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God You're Here and Good News Week, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007. He studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.

He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing.

Visit Anh Do's Booktopia Author Page