Here I Am by Patti Kim

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 encourage you to watch the beautiful book trailer and see for yourself:

Have you ever lived overseas? What was that first week or so like?

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