Here I Am

Here I Am

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Overview

Here I Am by Patti Kim, Sonia Sánchez

Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world. A poignant and affirming view of the immigrant experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479519316
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: NA
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 372,665
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Patti Kim was born in Busan, Korea. Raised in Maryland on both sides of the tracks. Author of A Cab Called Reliable and Here I Am. Married with kids, but can’t stop writing about her childhood.

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Here I Am 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
NancyLibrarian More than 1 year ago
With no words, only lively pictures, a clear story is told of a child leaving an Asian culture of fear and violence and, with his family, moving to a Western, possibly American, culture and dealing with culture shock, homesickness and finally making a new friend and showing signs of settling in. Not only is the book useful for empathy for new kids, it can be used to build vocabulary, storytelling, or just verbalizing in a new language. And, it is a compelling story, not dull or wooden, though not good for reading aloud to a group--you have to see the pictures up close to enjoy the book. Impressive work!
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
They say a picture's worth a thousand words and this little book "Here I Am" certainly proves that theory.  Wordless, with beautiful, whimsical, moving pictures the book touches your heart as you feel what it is like to be a brand new immigrant in a brand new country.  The main character, a boy of approximately nine or ten, struggles as he boards a plane and heads off with his family to an unfamiliar country where he doesn't know the language, has no friends and must attend a foreign school.   He carries with him an object from his homeland....a red seed.  He clings to it, cherishes it as it represents his beloved past life that he cannot ever return to.  One day he accidentally drops the seed through his apartment window and a neighbour girl who is out skipping rope picks it up and pockets it. That is the turning point in the story.  With his seed gone he now musters up the courage to leave his apartment, venture out into the local community and experience his surroundings with fresh eyes.  He learns that his present life is not so scary after all and once he embraces that concept he actually finds many satisfying and even funny moments as he wanders around checking out the neighbourhood.  As he assimilates into his community he stumbles across the neighbour girl who is hanging upside down in a tree.  His seed falls from her pocket and together they plant it symbolizing his freedom from his past and permitting him to embrace the potential and possibilities of his "now" home.  If you are that immigrant family then this is the perfect book to share with each other.  It will make your children realize they are not alone, that fear can be conquered and that change can be a very positive thing indeed.  Also, if you are a teacher with immigrant students in your classroom, what a perfect book to choose for story time.  After you narrate the book and discuss its meaning you can set your foreign students' emotions free and enable them to say ,"Here I Am."  On the other hand, your regular students can say,  (just like Neytiri in James Cameron's Avatar said to Jack),  "I see you."  And what does that phrase, "I see you" mean?  It simply means I see someone completely now, beyond their skin and into their heart and I am here to be their friend. Be that teacher and plant that seed of acceptance and love into your students today.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
I opened Here I Am on my e-reader and, because I didn't read the synopsis closely enough, I was surprised to find that the story is told completely in pictures. There is no text whatsoever! And it moved me to tears. The concept of portraying a child's experience of moving to a foreign land is brilliantly executed. I think my favorite part is how the signs around him - in town, in school - are complete gibberish at first, and slowly become more clear as time passes. The artwork is just stunning. It captures every feeling and new experience perfectly: lonely, overwhelmed, excited, curious, happy. The sights and smells and even motion felt so real when looking at these pages! Sanchez is a truly gifted illustrator. I remember feeling many of the same emotions as the boy in this story when my family moved to Italy when I was a kid. Here I Am is an encouraging book for children of immigrants, expats, or even members of the military, whether the family is moving to the United States or leaving it to live somewhere overseas. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.