Here I Amby Patti Kim, Sonia Sanchez Published 01 Feb 2015
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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.
"Here I Am" Reviews
A child arrives with his family in another country, he isn't happy about the move. He has something in his pocket that he drops from his window which forces him to go down to the street to look for it and at the same time explore his new surroundings and meet people.
It wasn't always clear what was happening and which picture came next, perhaps this was intentional to show that the boy felt confused? A page of text at the end of the story explained more. I would have enjoyed this book more with some text by the illustrations.
A lovely story about a child who struggles with the unfamiliar. He moves to a new country with his parents and at first is confused with the language, intimidated with he tall and unfamiliar buildings and surroundings and how by dropping a precious seed from his home country, he is able to discover the city he currently lives in.
A stunning wordless picture book open to offer a variety of stimulating book talk! A true story based on a young boy who's family moves country and displays the way he responds through images. I adore the way there are lots of images packed into every page showing every emotion and change in illustrative detail. My favourite part of the book is the 'seed' or as I interpreted it his heart from home leading him into explore to try new things. The journey this book follows is a great way of introducing a new child to the class or to explain that change isn't always a bad thing as the boy enjoys his life in the end!
This would be a really interesting book to introduce to KS2 as I feel it could spark up a lot of chat about inferences which is a really key skill children can transfer. Furthermore, it's something a bit different to a regular novel that they may be expecting to study and could provide a great starting point for some wordless picture-story replicas!
A young boy having to move from his hometown in Korea to a contrasting and unfamiliar city in America. It explores the range of emotions the boy goes through as he adjusts to his new life.
This wordless picture book couldn't be more relatable. As a 12 year old, my family and I moved abroad and at first I didn't want to be there whatsoever. Each day was a struggle and I dreamt of moving back. It wasn't until I explored, got to know my surroundings and made friends that it started to feel more like home. A good 'read?' for a class who is about to welcome a new classmate from another country!
This wordless picture book removes some of the darkness (and dare I say creepiness of The Arrival) and creates another magical experience of being in an immigrant's shoes, especially a young boy. Delightfully engaging and experiences the sights, sounds, and feels without saying a word.
Fantastic picture-book, especially due to the fact that it takes two or three reads to really get to grips with. Personally, I would have preferred it without the synopsis at the end, as I feel this restricts readers from making their own interpretation, something I believe is incredibly important with wordless picture-books.