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This beautiful picture book delivers an extraordinary message of hope in a one syllable text. A little girl sings – ‘La’. When no reply comes she stomps off, then chases a golden leaf. As more leaves fall she follows them out of a world of greys into a sun-drenched landscape full of plants and flowers. But even there no-one replies to her call. She returns at night, the landscape now saturated in velvety purple and, fascinated by the moonlight, sings to the moon. It takes more pages, and more determination from the girl, but eventually the moon replies. The final image shows the little girl in the light of the moon, both singing their hearts out. There’s no need for extra words to tell this story, children will understand exactly the girl’s need to be heard, seen and answered; impeccably told, it’s a story that speak to us all. ~ Andrea Reece
For these hands we hold, for tasty good food, for family and friends, we give thanks. In this inviting, cumulative picture book, join this family as they gather with friends and neighbours to share a meal around a very special table. With a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is sure to become a favourite around dinner tables everywhere.
Lyrical language and luminous illustrations. An ideal vehicle for readers to ponder and discuss their own identities. -Kirkus (starred review) An enchanted, hand-in-hand odyssey [and] opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the many, many backgrounds, roots, histories, of those who live in these United States. -Shelf Awareness (starred review) A much-needed title that is a first purchase for libraries and classrooms. -School Library Journal This touching book addresses a ubiquitous question for children of color, and in the end, the closeness between the girl and Abuelo shows that no matter the questions, she knows exactly where she's from. -Booklist Although the book begins as a gentle riposte to narrow cultural and ethnic categorizations, its conclusion reaches out to all readers, evoking both heritage and the human family. -Publishers Weekly This resonant picture book tells the story of one girl who constantly gets asked a simple question that doesn't have a simple answer. A great conversation starter in the home or classroom-a book to share, in the spirit of I Am Enough by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo. When a girl is asked where she's from-where she's really from-none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn't give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. Where am I from? You're from hurricanes and dark storms, and a tiny singing frog that calls the island people home when the sun goes to sleep.... With themes of self-acceptance, identity, and home, this powerful, lyrical picture book will resonate with readers young and old, from all backgrounds and of all colors-especially anyone who ever felt that they don't belong. A Spanish-language edition, ?De donde eres?, is also available.
A deep breath and a little imagination are key in this gentle, beautifully illustrated guide that will help little ones lift their own spirits... Some days are harder to get through than others. Whenever you're sad, or lonely, or angry, there's one place you can always go: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates - anything you can imagine is yours... Hopeful and dreamlike, Jaime Kim's paintings illuminate a way for young readers to visualize a brighter, happier mood in this compassionate story by David LaRochelle.
A nearly wordless story following a little girl in search of someone who understands... Kim has created sumptuous images. DiCamillo's text leaves room for children to fill in the silences with their own boundless imaginations New York Times La la la... A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips further out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds - but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness towards the light of the moon, climbing as high as she can... Now, will she be heard? With an enchanting palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life Kate DiCamillo's endearing character in a transcendent landscape that invites readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.
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