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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Nonfiction Picture Books (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404882995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404882997
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,939,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This contemplative, wordless picture book weaves the tale of a young immigrant boy’s first journey to his new home in America. Overcome by the foreign city and its lights, noisiness, alien shapes, and new language—depicted in nonsensical letters and symbols—the boy takes solace in a single red seed pocketed from his past, which he carries with him everywhere and which inspires colorful flights of imagination. When the seed falls out of his brownstone window, he ventures beyond his fear to discover generosity, friendship, and a new beginning, sharing the things about his past that he loves in his new place. Kim’s tale is well wrought without the use of words and tailor-made for emerging readers, and it’s perfectly matched by Sanchez’s truly wonderful, sprawling art and colors, bringing the city to life in an understated yet warm crescendo. Here I Am is a unique, smart, and welcoming book designed for starting fresh and softening fears. Grades K-3. --Ben Spanner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Vivid illustrations depict a touching wordless story of surprising depth . . . The universal tale of the irony of loss that leads to acceptance and growth is portrayed with a rich yet simple sequence of lively visuals. This is a charming and meaningful book I wish I'd had when my son was young. --Eugenia Kim, award-winning author of The Calligrapher s Daughter

. . . a marvelous picture book, a motile encapsulation of the turbulent world of a child uprooted from a faraway land, the confusion and sadness of his strange new world. Strongly compelling with powerful and whimsical visuals, young readers will feel deeply for and celebrate with this child as he finds himself burgeoning like a seed upon this beautiful soil called America.

A must read. What a triumph. --Da Chen, New York Times best-selling author of the memoir Colors of the Mountain

A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR! Beautiful, evocative pictures tell the story of a boy who comes from an Asian land to a big U.S. city. Images in this virtually wordless, slender graphic novel range from dreamlike curlicues to bold, dark cityscapes and emotional vignettes. The boy looks out of the window of a plane, great sadness in his body language. He and his father, mother and baby sister go through a crowded airport and a noisy and bewildering city to a small apartment. He finds the subway and the streets confusing, and he does not understand anything at school. The boy cherishes a red seed he has evidently brought from home. By accident, he drops it out the apartment window and then goes on a frantic search for it, finding new and interesting places along the way. He discovers he loves big, salted pretzels and shares some with the pigeons. When a girl with bouncy braids and beads in her hair climbs a tree and hangs upside down, the red seed falls out of her pocket. She and the boy plant it together, and as the seasons pass, friendship, seed and baby sister grow. An author s note describes the storyteller s voyage at age 4 from Korea to Washington, D.C. Sánchez has captured a kaleidoscope of emotion and powerful sensations in a way children will grasp completely. It s The Arrival for younger readers. STARRED --Kirkus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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It is a very nice book, very nice indeed.
Zapkode Marie
HERE I AM is told entirely without words, but the illustrations of this beautiful story of connection and belonging make text unnecessary.
Sara
Any child who is faced with a new experience, or helped out a new friend, will find hope and a kindred spirit among these moving images.
Peggy Tibbetts

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on November 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
HERE I AM is told entirely without words, but the illustrations of this beautiful story of connection and belonging make text unnecessary. When the boy in the story leaves the only home he's known for a foreign landscape and a loud, bustling city, he sees nothing of the home he's left behind. But home is more than your surroundings, as the boy quickly learns as he explores this new city and meets the people that will soon make up his new definition of home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Bernard on November 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What must it be like to move far away from your home, across vast waters, to another country, culture and language? For one young boy it appears to be a bit overwhelming.

Readers will enjoy this wordless adventure through the eyes of a young Asian boy as he experiences the unknown city streets and cityscapes for the first time. At first he sees excitement as he peers through the taxi window and marvels the lights of the skyscrapers. When his family enters their new apartment home it seems dark and gray. He remembered his home to be sparkling and colorful. He pulls from his pocket a small red seed, the piece of home he could actually carry with him. The boys little seed keeps him happy when he is sad or frightened and alone. One day he accidentally drops the seed and a little girl discovers it. Soon the little boy embarks on an adventure to find his special seed. Perhaps he will discover a fondness for his new city and a new friend. Perhaps this big new place isn't so bad after all.

It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Kim has done an excellent job of bringing so many colorful emotions into a story that resides around loneliness, foreignness, strangeness all the way to enlightenment and accomplishment. Parents and teachers can utilize this tool to open up dialogue for young readers to discuss emotion and change and how to deal with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Tibbetts VINE VOICE on November 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
When a young immigrant boy arrives in New York City with his family, he is overwhelmed with all the wonder and confusion of such a big city. A closer look at the boy's pocket reveals a red seed tucked away. For some reason that seed makes him feel really good. Perhaps it reminds him of happier times. Unfortunately the red seed is of no help when it comes to the boy's struggles with learning the route to his new school and understanding the teacher and the students in the classroom. There are no words for the loneliness and anger he feels. Then one day he accidentally drops the red seed out the tiny apartment window. The seed falls on a little girl's head. She picks it up and runs away. During the boy's search for the little girl, his strange new world begins to make "sense."

"Here I Am" is a wordless picture book. The story flows in a series of framed drawings, which invoke the feeling of paging through a photo album. Because of this design Sonia Sánchez's kinetic illustrations stimulate discussion about the boy's actions and feelings. Patti Kim's poignant story about emigrating from Korea to America as a child appears in the Dear Reader section at the end of the book to help confirm the reader's thoughts about what he sees in the pictures. Any child who is faced with a new experience, or helped out a new friend, will find hope and a kindred spirit among these moving images.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
HERE I AM is a true picture book. There is no written text. I am sure Patti Kim "wrote " a text for the story so that Sonia Sanchez could interpret the story with her sensitive and thought provoking illustrations.

As the "reader" you will see on the main character: worry, anger, anxiety, sadness, and confusion. Then you will see a change in the main character about half way through the story. You will see the emotions change to an acceptance of his life in this new country. The "reader" will see laughter, happiness, companionship, and peace or contentment.

This story should produce a deluge of conversation for you and your child as you "read" each page. Enjoy a new experience in "reading " a book in a different way.

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ponce on October 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A wordless book that tells a lot of stories. Rich and beautiful. Wordless books enable parents and caregivers to hear what a child is really thinking.
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