Written by Hope Lim
Illustrated by Jaime Kim
Published by Candlewick
This gentle, contemplative picture book about family origins invites us to ponder the meaning of home. A young boy loves listening to his mother describe the place where she grew up, a world of tall mountains and friends splashing together in the river. Mommy’s stories have let the boy visit her homeland in his thoughts and dreams, and now he’s old enough to travel with her to see it for himself. But when mother and son arrive, the town is not as he imagined. Skyscrapers block the mountains, and crowds hurry past. The boy feels like an outsider—until they visit the river where his mother used to play, and he sees that the spirit and happiness of those days remain.
Primary ISBN: 9781536213324
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 03 or older
Community Represented: Korean/Korean American
Themes: Celebrations, Family Relationship: Grandparents, Family Relationship: Parents, Generational Differences, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Individual
Setting: South Korea
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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