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Review Date: June 17th, 2019
Written By: Yamile Saied Méndez
Illustrated By: Jaime Kim
When a young girl is asked where she’s from—where she’s really from—she’s no longer as sure as she was. She decided to turn to her dear abuelo for some help with this ever-present question. But he doesn’t quite give her the answer she expects.
Yamile Saied Méndez’s lyrical text and Jaime Kim’s stunning illustrations celebrate the importance of family, love, and home through embracing one’s rich heritage and culture.
This book reminded me of this poem I had to emulate in college. It was called Where I’m From by G.E. Lyon and it was about telling who you are and where you are from without ever actually giving a place. Which is really what this is doing. This book is pointing out that it’s so much more than just I’m from X place. It’s about your life and experiences and those same things of those around you that shape who you are and what you consider “where I’m from.” I think it’s really beautifully done. For my pasty white children, they probably won’t experience this question the way the girl in the book does, so I think there’s an added layer for those without my child’s privilege. This little bit of their experience that they can relate to.
- Font Readability: 10/10
- Kid Engagement: 9/10
- Mommy Engagement: 9/10