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Where Are You From?

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 ratings  ·  229 reviews
In which a girl who is asked where she's really from turns to her abuelo for the answer. ...more
32 pages
Published 2019 by HarperCollins
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Yamile Méndez
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-17
It's such a rush of emotion to see my book on goodreads! I can't wait to share it with the world! ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book is so beautiful. The art is gorgeous and each and every word hits home in a way that warms your heart.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories Exploring Identity & Heritage
When classmates and acquaintances persistently ask her where she is from, refusing to accept her answer that she is from here, a young girl turns to her Abuelo (grandfather) for answers in this lovely new picture-book from author Yamile Saied Méndez and illustrator Jaime Kim. His poetic answers allude to the young girl's Argentine and (possible) Puerto Rican heritage, but when she persists in her question, he replies that she is from his heart, and from the heart of all her ancestors...

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As a POC, I have been asked the question “Where are you from?” more times than I can count. Answer this question with “Toronto, Canada” usually results in the follow up question, “Where are you REALLY from?” as if I couldn’t actually really be born and raised, and from the city that I answered. If I am persistent in my answer, they then ask “Where are your parents from?” Every single one of these questions is a microagresssion - a way to make me feel like an other, that I do not belong in the pl ...more
Krissy Neddo
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked it. However, intended audience (ages 5-9) may not appreciate or understand it as well as adults. Possible purchase for ESL teachers.
cielo (bookrokosmos)
i randomly decided to pick this book up just because i really love yamile’s writing in furia and i just wanted to check out her picture books to read to the kid i tutor. and i kid you not i cried. this was so beautiful, from the illustrations to yamile’s writing. stories like these are the ones i wish i had when i was a kid.

there’s this one quote that made me so emotional.

“from this land where our ancestors built a home for all, even when they were in chains because the color of their skin”

Love-love, love-love, LOVE.

Update: 10/7/2019

I read this in storytime this morning and suffice it to say, some people glaze over when it comes to diversity. EXTREME SIDE EYE. I am not impressed with people at the moment.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
So, so, so beautiful and uplifting.
Julian Vena
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse-lit
Where are you from? This is a question many of our multicultural children are asked everyday. This is a question that sometimes makes one feel as if you don't belong here or there. In the book, a little girl is constantly asked this question. When she presents it to her abuelo, he enlightens her with a plethora of scenarios and situations that encompass where she is from. Most importantly, the girl learns that she is from the heart of those before her, and that the answer to this question is not ...more
Shaye Miller
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youtube, diversity
Enjoyed this one through HarperKids Storytime with Yamile Saied Méndez. Loved it! Review at a later date...

For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!
Monique Fields
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where Are You From? is a beautiful and lyrical answer to such a simple question that multiracial hear every day. The book starts with the question and provides answer after answer for where the little girl is from. In the end, she decides she is from all of those places as well. I especially loved how Abuelo was involved. Grandpas really do know everything.
Chelsea Bashore
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Used for beginning of the school year identity lesson.
Stefani Putria
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" I am from here, From Today. Same as everyone else. From my love and the love of all those before us"

Another picture book yang bagus banget cerita nya T.T
Age: Preschool-3rd grade
Our Voices: Argentinian American author (1st gen), Korean American illustrator (1st gen)

In several scenarios, a little girl finds it difficult to answer the probing question "where are you from?" especially since it makes her feel like she doesn't belong. Asking the man that knows it all, Abuelo provides a multifaceted answer, drawing from various natural settings that spread across South America--especially Argentina--and the people that settled them. The girl, mirroring
Lorie Barber
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful in words and illustrations. Back matter to explain a few of Abuelo’s references (“Señor Cielo,” the pampas, the gaucho) would be wonderful, although having my Latinx students share their knowledge around these words could be awesome, too!
The question "Where are you from?" is often asked to newcomers as a way to be conversational. But it can also be a subtle, and maybe even unconscious, way of trying to place the newcomer in a box or separate them from us as "other" or "different". With friends and neighbors that come into our communities from places near and far, it's never been more important to realize that in order to build relationship we need to consider where we're from in ways that unite us, rather than paint us as differ ...more
Michele Knott
Oh, what a beautiful book. A young girl of color gets asked by classmates and adults, "where are you from?" What a confusing question to ask a young child and full of insinuations. However, the young girl has an amazing grandfather that tells her of all the beautiful places her ancestors come from but ends with a beautiful idea that really captures the love for a child. ...more
So often when a white person asks a person of color where they are from, there is an assumption of not being from around here. It’s often a microaggression. In this story, a little girl is asked by kids and adults alike where she is from, so when she asks her abuelo where they are from, she gets a surprising answer.

Pair this text with George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From.”
David Jr.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Books and stories like these are going to play an important role in my son's life. Children need to see people who represent them in tv, books, and movies. I also feel that my son needs to know where he or his dad came from. He will be able to read my stories but others' will help too. ...more
Alex  Baugh
When people keep asking a young girl where she's from, and where her mom or dad is from, she tells them all she's from today, like everyone else. When they still aren't satisfied with her answer, she turns to the person whom she believes knows everything - her Abuelo. Going for a walk together, he tells her she is from the Pampas, a region in Argentina. Where she descends "from the gaucho, brave and strong," where there is a cleansing river, that feeds the land, which feeds the people. And she i ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I love the point this book is making. It seems people only question the answer to the "Where are you from?" question to people with brown skin. The one word answer of "Here" isn't good enough when the person REALLY wants to know why your skin is a darker shade than theirs. So when this little girl runs into kids who are unsatisfied with her answer, she turns to her abuelo. The answers he gives are poetic and ambiguous, which is fantastic for people who are just nosy. But since the little girl wa ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely, beautifully written answer to the much asked and much hated question “Where are you from?” Kim’s illustrations invoked a dreamy and timeless air that, paired with Méndez’s heartfelt, earnest words, answered the question perfectly by invoking roots, family, history, and love. While it might not register too well with kids under 5, it’s sure to be emotional for parents and caregivers and to be something treasured in later childhood, especially in the current state of the world.
Julie Kirchner
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A beautiful message with lovely illustrations. This will definitely be one I will share with my students.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A long (and beautifully illustrated) answer to a question we* should probably be more aware of what we're saying when we ask it.

*we=white people
Jenna (Falling Letters)
Gorgeous book with a beautiful message. I hope it reaches many children who have been pressed to answer this question.
Chance Lee
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-it
Sweet story with heartfelt text and rich, colorful illustrations.
Connor Bowman
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet story with beautiful illustrations! Méndez used poetry so masterfully while Kim played with light in every spread! I'd be shocked if this didn't get some Caldecott buzz! ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: multicultural requests
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A girl is confused when she is asked where she is from, since she has only known where she is. To deal with her confusion from this persistent question she asks her grandfather. He tries to combat the racism of the question with strong cultural response and one of familial love.

Rounded up because of the need for books dealing with prejudice and racism.
Rosie Sullivan
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that this book could be such a mirror for children and their backgrounds to be able to see that who they “are” is on the inside.
Oct 04, 2019 added it
When I saw this book I connected with the title. If I could get a dollar for every time someone said that to me I would be a millionaire! This book is about a girl who has been asked where she is from and she turns to her Abuelo to find out where she is really from. Her Abuelo takes her through different sceneries to explain where she is from.
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Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) is a fútbol obsessed Argentine-American. She’s the mother of 5 kids and 2 adorable dogs. Yamile’s an inaugural Walter Dean Meyers Grant recipient, a graduate of Voices of our Nation (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing for Children program.
She’s represented by Linda Camacho, from the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency.

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