Where Are You From?

Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
"An ideal vehicle for readers to ponder and discuss their own identities." -- Kirkus (starred review) 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 dónde eres?, is also available.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-05-16

This would be a great book for kids to read, it addresses acceptance, a postive message between an grandfather and granddaughter, and very beautiful picture overall.

Item Posts
@madisondimier
#whereareyoufrom A good book for the classroom to help children understand where others may come from and make the class more diverse.
@tgause
#whereareyoufrom is a book that can help parents explain how to address this question to their child. This book talks about cultures lives.