Created: 10th October, 2016

Here I Am

Author: Patti Kim
Illustrator: Sonia Sanchez
Publisher: Curious Fox

A young boy’s experience of the initial alienation and confusion is eloquently expressed in pictures placed on pages carefully designed in terms of layout and colour. The only words are jumbled up on signs or heard as a wall of incomprehensible sound to a child who has just arrived in a new country with a different language and culture from what he is used to. Planting a seed brought from his country leads to the nurturing of friendship and feeling at ease with his identity in his new home. Based on the author’s own experience of migrating from Korea to the USA.

See also: Omar, The Bees and Me by Helen Mortimer (9781913339067), Owlet Press £7.99

The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman (9781406365900), Walker £7.99