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Book: This Is Not My Home
Author: Vivienne Chang and Eugenie Yoh
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Taiwanese MC and characters
Recommended For…: picture book readers, moving, Taiwan, making new friends
Publication Date: January 24, 2023
Genre: Picture Book
Age Relevance: 0+ (moving, making new friends)
Explanation of Above: The book focuses on our MC’s move from their home to Taiwan and how they feel about the move. The book also focuses a little on the MC making new friends after having to leave their friends behind.
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: When Lily’s mom announces their family must move back to Taiwan to take care of her elderly Ah Ma, Lily is devastated to leave behind her whole life for a place that is most definitely her home. But Lily soon realizes, through the help of her family and friends, what home means to them. And perhaps someday—maybe not today, but someday—it might become her home too.
Review: I thought this was such a cute little read! The book focused on our MC, named Lily, who moves from her home to Taiwan. The book explores her complicated feelings about the move and how nothing feels like home to her anymore. The book shows that while this might not be her home, it’s her mother’s home and together they can make it their home. This helps Lily start to feel more at home and eventually she gains the confidence to make a home there. I thought this book had such a moving message for young children who might also be in a similar situation like Lily and might be moving away from their home to a new home. The book also has amazing illustrations and the illustrations of Taiwan are gorgeous.
Verdict: An absolute must read for moving or soon-to-be moving young children.
This is Not My Home by Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publishing Date: January 24, 2023
From debut author-illustrator duo Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh comes a humorous and heartfelt reverse immigration story that will resonate across cultures and show us how a place can become home.
This is not my backyard barbecue.
This is not our car, these are not my fireflies.
This is not my farmer’s market and…
This is not my home.
When Lily’s mom announces their family must move back to Taiwan to take care of her elderly Ah Ma, Lily is devastated to leave behind her whole life for a place that is most definitely not her home. But Lily soon realizes, through the help of her family and friends, what home means to them. And perhaps someday—maybe not today, but someday—it might become her home too.
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/this-is-not-my-home-vivienne-chang/1141418459
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/This-Is-Not-My-Home-Vivienne-Chang-Eugenia-Yoh/9780316377102
About the Author:
Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh met at Washington University in St. Louis. Eugenia studied Communication Design and now works at Chronicle Books. Vivienne studies Economics and is still stuck in St. Louis.
They hope to continue telling stories that simplify seemingly universal ideas through humor. When they are not discussing their next book concept, they can be found at a lake, a library, or in the yogurt section of Whole Foods. Who is this dog? We do not know. We found her in North Carolina.
Joint Website: https://www.vivienneandeugenia.com/
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