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Hey World, Here I Am!

(Kate Bloomfield #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  39 reviews
An ALA Notable Children’s Book * Multiple starred reviews

“Engaging” — ALA Booklist (starred review)

“A compelling portrait.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Funny and poignant.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Honest and engaging, award-winning author Jean Little’s beloved Hey World, Here I Am! is told in a series of poems, observations, and vignettes.

Kate Bloomf
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 25th 1990 by HarperCollins (first published 1986)
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Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This slim poetry volume is one of my favorite little books. Written in a variety of styles, it contains gems of insight, just as good poetry should, and all without beating readers over the head. Throughout my education career I have urged teachers to share poetry without over-teaching it. Let students learn to enjoy the imagery, the rhythm, the perfect word choice, and more without killing their interest by hammering away at analysis of theme, form, and symbolism! Little's poem "After English C ...more
Janet Ngai
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book “Hey World, Here I Am” by Jean Little, which using journal way to shows main character Kate’s story. Actually there is now a whole story in the book, readers read through Kate’s view to know her feeling, and her daily life or maybe friends, parents…the people that she care about. It just like this book is her journal, and now we are reading it.
The things that I love in the book is Kate sometimes tells the truth of world, it sounds cool and make readers to think things through. Author ma
Joanne Roberts
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting "poetry" by supporting character from Look Through My Window and star of Kate. Fascinating glimpses into a unique and authentic character, reflecting on parents, old people, life, death, the seasons, books, God, relationships, parsnips, and cute boys. ...more
Ryan M. Hanna
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The short poems and vignettes had such heart, wisdom, and humor. Could be used as a read aloud, mentor text, writing prompt/activity, or close read.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet read. I enjoyed reading this small book of lovely words.
Fahr Sivakriskul
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my second time reading this book and Im totally in love with it!
Jean Little has done a great job writing "Hey World, Here I Am!". This book is about the protagonist, Kate Bloomfield's thoughts about everything around her. The character Kate seems very realistic and tangible to me. This book is a mixture of short story and poetry, it is a collection of random thoughts of the character Kate Bloomfield. Jean Little has an amazing skills of poetry and how she compares things in everyday life
Willow Redd
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's great about this book is not that it is a book of poetry from a young girl, but that it is a book of poetry from a fictional young girl.

Kate started as a side character in one of Jean Little's other works, best friend to the main character, but after Little finished that book, Kate stuck around. Kate was the ever-present voice in Little's head saying "there's more to me. Let me speak." So, Kate got her own book, and now she's speaking again, using her own voice, and sharing her deep thoug
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this an excellent collection of poems. As a child, I remember not enjoying this much, so when I picked it up again recently, I wasn't expecting much. But I think with age and life experience comes a much greater appreciation for the sentiments and experiences related through these poems. A teenager or young adult would probably find the greatest enjoyment, and a wonderful sense of camaraderie with the poem's author - the fictional 'Kate'. It makes you feel not so alone at a time of life ...more
Allison Tubaugh
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: poetry

Grades 1-4

Hey World Here I Am! Is an excellent book to help teach and work on poetry. This poetry book does not rhyme, but you can still use it to introduce one of the many forms of poetry. You can also use it to work on patterns and rhythm.
Rowyn Golde
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I grew up with this book. I've read it a thousand times, and I can't tell you how much comfort it has given me over the years. I recently handed my tattered, well-loved copy to my husband. The prose and poetry contained within Hey World, Here I Am! gets straight to the heart. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my town's librarians shared this with me since she knows I love novels in verse. It has an old-fashioned feel (it was originally published in 1986), but it's quite a lovely read. ...more
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May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much I went down to the corner store and photocopied the entire thing there, when I was twelve years old.
This is a wonderful collection of poems and short stories that are musings you might find in a journal. The 'author' is Kate Bloomfield, a character in Jean Little's book Look Through My Window. The entries are terrific and have a wide range of topics. The character is a bit older than our girls, but I am sure they could relate to at least some of her thoughts.

Overall, it was a fascinating book and we really enjoyed reading it together. I will certainly look for more books by this author at our
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Kate Bloomfield, a Canadian teenage girl, records her thoughts and feelings through a series of poems and vignettes. The very first page quickly sets the tone of Kate’s story - she announces her arrival to the World, but when she gets no response, her Self celebrates with somersaults. The World had its chance, but now it’s Kate’s turn! Simple stories, like not being able to eat parsnips or being proud to be Canadian, are mixed with longer portraits of Kate, her friends and family. Kate struggles ...more
Nov 06, 2015 added it
This book is a combination of a little stories and a few small poems. In this book the chapters don't have any relation, so you can read first the last chapter, then one in the middle and you understand all. There were some poems that I don't like, because I started to speak English only two months ago, and for my is really hard to understand an English poem. In the book there were some stories that I really like them, because the protagonist told a lot of stories that happened to the most of th ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book in my classroom library during my first year of teaching and was surprised at what a treasure it is! Jean Little does a fabulous job of writing poetry (and short prose) that is so accessible to youth (and people of all ages!) and really speaks to their experience. Some of my favorites are "Surprise," "Alone," "When Someone I Love is Hurt," "Mrs. Thurstone," and "Yesterday." ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to read this book for a school project, and it was a great read. It showed what it was like for a preteen girl, who felt like her parents ignored her.

It didn't have a story, but it showed what Kate Bloomfield' life is like. It showed what she has learned and what she has lost.

A good book and, the author was blind! Her story is incredible! As I said before, a good book but not a "must read".
Analeah 709
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely for younger kids, and is pretty short, but it's one of my favorites. The book is a series of poems about Katie and her life. I picked this out of a classroom a few years ago (they were giving out free books) and I always come back to read it once in a while. I love poems, and this book also has its funny moments. The way it was written is lovely too! Just a wonderful little book overall. ...more
Jessica McFarland
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, young-adult
Rich poetry/prose from the point of view of a girl on the edge of adulthood. Kate Bloomfield has opinions about nearly everything in her life, and she’s written them all down in her diary. At times touching, funny, uplifting, and beautiful, Little has given her heroine charm and wit, while never losing her realism. Nearly perfect young adult fiction.
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This is an adorable book of heart-warming poems, written from the perspective of a young girl named Kate. It is a fast read, that I'd describe as light, sweet, and touching. I enjoyed it so much I'm going to look up other works by the author. ...more
Katie Bastian
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think this is probably my favorite book of ALL TIME. I used to read it when I was little all the time, and I still read it from time to time. It's a collection of short poems, in the perspective of a tween, and she just says it like it is. They are perfect in a simple way. ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: friendships, poetry
This was a different kind of poetry than I've read before, it's all "written" by the same character and it seemed more like snipits of her day and thoughts instead of poetry. It read more like an incomplete story rather than poetry to me. ...more
Elizabeth A
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A delightful little book of poems and journal entries by a young girl trying to figure out the world around her. Much of her ruminations are spot on. As a journal keeper from a very young age, I approve.
Chloe Resendez
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was interesting. I liked how the author created poems about this girl throughout the whole book. That is what made this book interesting to me. I would recommend this book to readers who like poem books that have a lot of meaning to them.
Laura Hall
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Fun short stories about a girl named Kate and her thoughts on everyday things. Loved this one as a kid as well and recently re-read it when I saw it on the shelf.
Jun 10, 2011 is currently reading it
so far i think that hey world here i am is a goofd book. it has many discriptive words.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
A great childrens book that is told through the short stories and poems of a funny girl. Kate is hard not to love and laugh with as she discovers herself and her family.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Great for short read-aloud sessions. Strong character development for 5th grade readers.
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Jean Little is a Canadian author, born in Taiwan. Her work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog. ...more

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