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 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.
lush and stunning picture book
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? is a stunning celebration of heritage/ancestry as well as an acknowledgment of the unnecessary question. A young girl is asked where she is from- really. She believes she is from the same place as everyone else- here. She decides to ask her Abuelo, because he also looks different, like her. Abuelo’s answer is gorgeous and celebrates who we are and the many possibilities of such a question.
Importantly, this book can spark discussions about diversity and many ethnicities/races. Regardless, the illustrations are unbelievably gorgeous and the storyline is just beautiful with lush descriptions and lots of familial love.
What I loved: The illustrations in this book are stunning, appreciable whether you are a young reader or an adult. The title question which sparks the book is acknowledged for its loaded meanings of not belonging, and Abuelo’s answer is really incredible. This lush and lyrical book is a fantastic read for preschoolers through elementary schoolers and can spark some important conversations.
Final verdict: Stunning, beautiful, and unique, this book is a must-read for elementary schoolers who can understand the feeling of not belonging and who can also learn about heritage and this loaded question. The illustrations and gorgeous text will appeal to a wide range of readers.