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Picture Book Saturday: Here I Am

The Deets:
Audience: small kids
Pages: 40
Publisher: September 2nd 2013 by Picture Window Books
ISBN: 9781623700362
genre: wordless picture book
Source: eARC from Netgalley



Here I Am

Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city. 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.






Another wordless wonder. There is no text in Here I Am, so the reader is left to imagine the story. The illustrations are reminiscent of watercolor drawings; very fluid. I found it hard at times to determine exactly what was happening in each frame/picture, and some pages had a lot of images.

This would probably be a little harder for younger kids to work with without the context of the story explained to them. I think there is still plenty of opportunity to have an open dialogue about experiences new things and being scared of change. All kids can relate to that on some level.

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Product Details

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


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