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This simple, beautifully written story, complemented by Matt James’s vibrant, imaginative illustrations, will resonate deeply with anyone who has had to leave their home for a new place
Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books
Winner of the 2011 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award
Posted November 24, 2010
I Know Here, written by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James, is a moving work of literature, telling of a girl's apprehension of moving to a new place when all she's known is the trailer park and woods she grew up around. I Know Here is written from the perspective of the simplistic yet profound mind of a child. Its words have the ability to bring an adult back down to earth and reevaluate their own perspectives. It goes to show that children are deep beings, full of emotion and memories that make them who they are.
Although the word "love" is never mentioned within the book, the tone of the writing and the illustrations overflow with much expression that conveys the girl's sentiment of love for her environment. Each page is diverse in rich and vibrant colors with bold details that stand out strikingly against pale/pastel backgrounds.
I must confess that the first time I read through this book, I did not respond with an aesthetic interest until the second to last page. Then, everything fell into perspective and moved me. I highly recommend this book. If you don't connect with it at first, maybe someone you know will. A great read!