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Where Are You From?

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 Argentinian abuelo for help.

He doesn't give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. "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. 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.

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"From her Abuelo, the girl learns she comes from the Pampas region of Argentina, and that she descends from 'the gaucho, brave and strong' and those who were once 'in chains because of the color of their skin.' As text by Méndez (Blizzard Besties) transports the duo, Kim (La La La) places them at the center of a series of expansive digitized-watercolor spreads that celebrate various natural wonders and history.... Its conclusion reaches out to all readers, evoking both heritage and the human family: pointing to his heart, Abuelo says, 'You’re from here, from my love and the love of all those before us.... You are from all of us.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Yamile Saied Méndez
Illustrator Jaime Kim
ISBN 0062839934
Publication Date Jun 4, 2019
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English