You Are Life

Capstone. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781684464821.
K-Gr 4–An award-winning poet creates a lyrical tale of encouragement. In the face of violence against Asians during and post-pandemic, Phi’s words boost the self-esteem of children who are of Asian descent. Each stanza finds a new hobby or activity that all children can relate to, from karate to painting to dance. While the word choice and phrasing are clunky at times, the heart of the matter shines through. Li’s exuberant illustrations burst through the pages to create a rainbow-filled world.
VERDICT A must for any elementary library, to raise awareness, elicit allies, grow compassion, and build community to fight racism.

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