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The little girl in this story lives in a trailer near a forest where her father is building a dam. Everything in her world is familiar and precious to her. But the dam is nearly finished and the family is moving to the city, which the little girl knows only as a place marked by a big red star on the map at school. Have the city people seen what I have seen, she wonders? ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Groundwood Books
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Tasha
Jun 09, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The little girl in this story lives in a remote area of Saskatchewan where her father is helping to build a dam. She lives in a trailer among a group of trailers. There are woods to play in, a creek to catch frogs, and lots of animals. But now her family is moving to Toronto. Her teacher in their one-room school suggests that the children draw pictures to remind them of this place. So the girl decides that she will draw a picture of her beloved home and all that surrounds it so that she can ...more
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it really liked it
I read hundreds of picture books a year, and post a handfull on this site, those that are either so good that I don't want you to miss sharing them with the child in your life, or those that have themes that are ageless and are truly for all ages.

I Know Here is both hopeful and heart breaking. A little girl whose father has worked on dam construction in remote northeastern Saskatchewan all the years she can remember prepares to move to Toronto with her family. On one page it shows her standing o
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Nina Rapsodia
Dec 26, 2015 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
4.5

Este libro lo encontré merodeando en la biblioteca de la universidad y es que por favor como no llama la atención que la portada y el libro contiene ilustraciones digitalizadas de originales pintados
(no se si soy clara) pero se aprecia mucho en el formato donde se ven los trazos. Esta foto a continuación con las fotos de las tapas internas del libro. Se aprecia el mapa de Canadá. ¿De qué se trata la historia?



Una niña vive en Nipawin, una población rural en la que su padre construye un embals
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Reader
Oct 01, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
(4 1/2) Although the setting of this book (living in a trailer and attending a one room-trailer school in Rural Saskatchewan) will be unfamiliar to most young readers the feelings the narrator faces when she finds out she will be moving to somewhere far away (Toronto) are familiar. The narrator doesn't know Toronto--she's afraid the kids there won't know the things she knows. She decides to try to draw everything she knows and will miss about "here" and I particularly loved the image of her ...more
Todd
Sep 18, 2010 Todd rated it it was ok
A strange, unintentionally(?) haunting picture book examining the life of a girl in northern Canada as she and her family prepare to move to the big city, namely Toronto. The illustrations are from unique perspectives, heavily drawn, and not especially to my liking. I felt like there was a background needed to understand the unusual, stark setting before fully comprehending what this young girl is leaving. Not a terribly successful title.
Hannah Stiepleman
Dec 04, 2016 Hannah Stiepleman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-shelf
This book is about a little girl whose dad works a blue collar job and she lives in a trailer park. Finds out that they are moving because the dads job is sending out electricity very far. They will be moving to Toronto, but she doesn’t know about Toronto, she knows about the place she lives and enjoys it even though she might not have the luxuries that others might have. This book could be used in the younger grades, mostly 1st or 2nd, to help open up a conversation about low socioeconomic ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Feb 07, 2012 Canadian Children's Book Centre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ccbc-awards
Reviewed by Senta Ross

The dam her father is constructing nears completion. A little girl and her family, now living in a trailer in the wilderness of north-eastern Saskatchewan, are about to move to
Toronto. Just about everything that is familiar to her is about to change. “This is where I live. I don’t know Toronto. I know here,” she thinks. She then reflects on all the things she will leave behind when the relocation occurs to the big city: the road she walks on to get to school, the forest whe
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David
Oct 14, 2010 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
The little girl in this story lives in a trailer near a forest where her father is building a dam. Everything in her world is familiar & precious to her. But the dam is nearly finished & the family is moving to the city, which the little girl knows only as a place marked by a big red star on the map at school. Have the city people seen what I have seen, she wonders? The teacher suggests that she draw something that she wants to remember to take away with her when she leaves, & the ...more
Julie
Nov 06, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The winner of the 2010 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, I Know Here is the story of a young girl who will soon move from rural Saskatchewan to Toronto because the dam her father was helping to build has been completed. The girl is scared of moving to a big city where she does not know anyone or anything. To help herself come to terms with leaving, the girl draws a picture of everything she knows and loves about her home. She plans to take this picture with her to Toronto to help her remember.

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Melissa
Apr 14, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
I Know Here is a good picture book for children. There isn't too many words which would be beneficial to young readers and there are also a lot of colorful pictures that relate to the words. This story brings the reader through the life of the main character who finds out she is moving. She is saddened by the news and shows the reader all the things she will miss from her town. In the end, this book teaches a good lesson because the main character comes to realize that she can hold all of these ...more
Lindsey
May 15, 2010 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a picture book, I always worry if the book will seem to juvenile for high schoolers. I think teens would enjoy this one as a read aloud. The illustrations are interesting. The people don't necessarily look attractive. I'd describe them more as weird looking :), which definitely adds interests to the book. I'm not saying the illustrations aren't gorgeous because they are, but they aren't bubbly and sesame street looking.

This book would be great to use to teach a student how to de
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Jen
Nov 19, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This beautifully painted story has won several awards, and I can see why adults like it. It's got a nostalgic feel, and the emotions are palpable. However, there's one moment in the book that doesn't ring true to me: the third grader asks if people have "seen what I've seen." This little girl is sad to be leaving her teeny town and moving to the big city, and I get her sadness. Unfortunately, I think the author used that particular phrase to move the story in a particular direction (and a fine ...more
Ruby
May 20, 2013 Ruby rated it really liked it
"There's no place like home"

The little girl in this story is faced with having to move somewhere other then the place shes known that home is her whole life. She knows everything about the place she lives from the road she lives on to how many trailers are down her road, the forest behind her home where she plays hide and seek and where the wolfs howling at night. In the end with the help of her teacher she finds a way to take her memories with her and that is to draw pictures of what she loves
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Jess
Sep 13, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2-4; upper grades as part of a lesson
Recommended to Jess by: the reviews
When she learns she's moving from a remote bit of Saskatchewan to Toronto, a girl considers the things she knows.

The fear of somewhere new is a strong one. And, I think that's what kids will connect to. The story is a beautiful one of the effect a place has on your life. Matt James's illustrations are well matched; they're folksy and vibrant and very much like the place they're of, albeit a little dark and cold.

Somber wouldn't be a wrong words for this story. As someone who delights in upbeat f
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Donna
When the little girl in this story hears her brother Doug announce that "We are moving to Toronto" she gets in a tizzy. She loves this place. She doesn't want to move to Toronto. She says "This is where I live. I don't know Toronto. I know here....." Then on each page she describes what she knows about where she lives. Through the help of her teacher she learns about Toronto and draws pictures of where she lives now and the many things that she knows. She plans to take the pictures to Toronto to ...more
Caitlin Gallardo
Nov 28, 2012 Caitlin Gallardo rated it liked it
I Know Here, by Laurel Croza is the winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Award, which is a highly regarded award that is given for excellence in children's books. This is the story of a young girl that lives in rural Canada who suddenly learns she must move once summer comes to Toronto, a place that she has never been. While she contemplates all of the things that she must leave behind, she learns what was most important to her and finds a way to keep that with her always. This book is appropriate ...more
Sarah
Sep 16, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Although the setting of this book (living in a trailer and attending a one room-trailer school in Rural Saskatchewan) will be unfamiliar to most young readers the feelings the narrator faces when she finds out she will be moving to somewhere far away (Toronto) are familiar. The narrator doesn't know Toronto--she's afraid the kids there won't know the things she knows. She decides to try to draw everything she knows and will miss about "here" and I particularly loved the image of her folding the ...more
Lavada Figueroa
Oct 14, 2012 Lavada Figueroa rated it really liked it
Good read for the Kiddos!

I really like this for a child's picture book! Even though I am an adult, I felt that I could relate to the little girl in this book. Like her, I have had to deal with moving to a new place and see only new faces, and I know that this story would have let me know that I am not the only person that has had to go through such a scary situation. After reading I Know Here, there is no way that I wouldn't recommend this to other young readers. Moving cities and having to mee
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Amber Viesca
Nov 28, 2012 Amber Viesca rated it it was amazing
The story is about a young girl who lives in small trailer near the forest while her father builds a dam, she soon finds out that her family is moving to the city. She worries about forgetting her home so her teacher tells her to draw a picture of the things she wants to remember, so she decides to draw the forest, the road, and everything she has ever known in order to keep with her forever. This book is great because the pictures are very bright and will capture your attention. This book would ...more
Marcy
Nov 29, 2012 Marcy rated it it was amazing
I know here by Laurel Croza is a story of a young child who has been told she will be moving from Saskatchewan to Toronto. Though out the book the young girl faces anxieties from a unfamiliar place. She wonders how people will treat her. She leaves behind all her familiar things such as the moose, howling wolfs, the hills and the road to home. She comes across a teacher who encourages the girl to draw the beautiful things she misses to help her feel more at home.

The vivid beautiful illustrati
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Laura
May 17, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
Yay for Canada! This is the story of a young girl, living in rural Canada, who will be moving to Toronto. She is upset, as most children would be, and worries about leaving her life behind. While the setting and details will be foreign to most students, the anxiety about moving will not be. A great read aloud for grades 3 - 5, this book has a lot of instructional potential. It validates children's feelings in a supportive way while introducing the idea of universal emotions. The illustrations ...more
Lorna
May 18, 2010 Lorna rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
What a sweet book. It would be very good for children facing a move. It really captures the emotions a child might be feeling. This subject is often on my mind. I do not live where I grew up and have lived in several places in my adult lifetime. If given the opportunity to go back to where to we came from we would leap at it -- for my husband and I it would be going "home", but for our daughter where we are now is all she knows as home. For her, a move would be filtered through a completely diff ...more
Robin
Jan 24, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
Wow. Beautiful sensory language in this story of a girl learning she is going to be moving to Toronto, leaving the place she knows best. She wonders if the people in Toronto have seen what she has seen. Her teacher encourages her to draw a picture to remember, so she decides that she will "fold up the howl of the wolf and the smell of the fox in his cage and the stare of the old moose and the feel of my heart beating fast as I swooped over my road in a five seater airplane." Based on the ...more
Heather
Jan 04, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children ages 5-8
Shelves: edes-546
Awards: Canadian Children's Book Centre; 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book; 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; 2011 Ezra Jack Keats Award

"I Know Here" is about a young girl who lives in rural Saskatchewan and is moving to Toronto. She's worried because her current home is what she knows, and she may not remember it when she moves. Her teacher encourages her to draw pictures to enhance her memories.

This is a wonderful story for any young child who is trying to deal with moving away from his/her
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Emorie
After reading this book, I instantly thought of the phrase "There's no place like home." This story is a book a young girl who lives in rural Canada and is about to move to the big city, Toronto. I believe she's afraid because it's completely new to her. This is such a great book to use to help students of all ages make real life connections. This would even be a great book to use with big school students who are about to embark on college or the workforce. This story also brings forth a great ...more
Ms. B
Aug 12, 2011 Ms. B rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture, 2011
This will appeal to children and students who live in rural and/or rustic places or those who have recently moved from a place very different than their current home. It is the story of a girl remembering and saying goodbye to the wilds of northeastern Saskatchewan (western Canada) as her family prepares to move east to the big city of Toronto.
Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Best Picture Book Award
Brandie Garcia
May 01, 2013 Brandie Garcia rated it it was amazing
This book is great because the pictures are very bright and will capture your attention. This book would be great for anyone who can relate to moving and getting the feeling of forgetting the place you called home for such a long time. I never had the issue of moving, but my best friend did and I can see how it was hard for the little girl. I think this book might appeal to a parent trying to help their young child understand about moving. Very good read!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Jul 13, 2014 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
The illustrations in this picturebook are deliciously dynamic and delightfully bright. The pastels and layering is seriously a visual feast.

Unfortunately, the text lacks what dynamism the illustrations offer. The lack of plot and and overwritten theme (of moving to a new place) fell completely flat for me with the protagonist's decision to draw a picture as the resolution.

It is very unfortunate as it is a Boston Horn Book winner, and really quite beautiful.
Olivia
May 19, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
This books was about a little girl moving from Saskatchewan to Toronto. Her family had moved before, but she hadn't. The only place she had ever known was her cozy trailor in Saskatchewan. Hence the name "I Know Here." She wants to remember her road, the sound of the wolf howling, the man bringing groceries in the yellow truck, everything she knows. She doesn't know how to, though. How will she remember? (I'm doing it for Fishbowl, so I'm not telling you everything that happened).
Matthew Henson
Oct 18, 2011 Matthew Henson rated it liked it
It was good book. I enjoyed the illustration more than the text however. It was very colorful and had lots of detail even though it had the quick drawing effect. It is a great book for children to know about the rural places. Such as in this book it took place in a rural place in Canada. I would recomend this book for second though fifth grade.
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