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You Are Life
You Are Life
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Reviewed Titles
Capstone Editions

You Are Life

by Bao Phi
Illustrated by Hannah Li

“An affirmation for Asian American youth.” —Kirkus Reviews You are . . . You are . . . You are . . . Every child is bursting with amazing things! This joyful picture book celebrates the wonderful and complex identities of children of immigrants and refugees. Through poetic text, acclaimed author Bao Phi (Hello, Mandarin Duck!, A Different Pond) empowers readers to embrace all that they are—a dancer, a shining light, a K-pop song—and promises them, “You are not invisible.” Alongside vibrant, collage-style artwork, this inspiring read-aloud bursts with humor, passion, and heart. It reminds young readers who they are and what they love will always be enough—a timely message for young and old alike. You Are Life features: - An author’s note from Caldecott Honor Book author Bao Phi about the origins of this poem, particularly the rise in anti-Asian American violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. - Critical social-emotional learning (SEL) sk

 
ISBN978-1-68446-482-1
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-3
Trim Size8 x 10
Page Count32
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2022
Hardcover
Price
$17.99
 


 
 

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

"An affirmation for Asian American youth. . . .As Phi discusses the silly, the funny, the serious, and the inspiring, the overarching, stirring message is that the possibilities for the future are endless. In an author’s note, Phi reveals the verses were written in response to the recent rise of anti-Asian hate. . . .A sweet and empowering poem." - Kirkus Reviews

July 1, 2022

Booklist - Lolly Gepson

"In an ending author's note, Caldecott Honor Book author Phi (A Different Pond, 2017, illustrated by Thi Bui) explains how this celebration of Asian American identity came out of the spike in antiAsian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a father to a young Asian American child, he writes, he felt anger and fear but also “a glimmer of wanting to offer something hopeful.” Here is that hope: a poem, addressing young Asian American children and children of immigrants directly, highlighting the joys they bring to the world. . . .Across the pages, children march in a parade for a just world, play with others in the park, and share foods from different countries. The vibrant primary colors of the illustrations pop as the text reasserts: “You can do anything.”" - Booklist

August 1, 2022

School Library Journal - Brittany McMahon

"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. . . . A must for any elementary library, to raise awareness, elicit allies, grow compassion, and build community to fight racism." - School Library Journal

October 1, 2022

 

Publisher Weekly, "New Kids' and A Books"

"This picture book affirms refugee and immigrant children of their endless capabilities." - Publisher Weekly, "New Kids' and A Books"

August 25, 2022

Booklist - Lolly Gepson

"In an ending author's note, Caldecott Honor Book author Phi (A Different Pond, 2017, illustrated by Thi Bui) explains how this celebration of Asian American identity came out of the spike in antiAsian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a father to a young Asian American child, he writes, he felt anger and fear but also “a glimmer of wanting to offer something hopeful.” Here is that hope: a poem, addressing young Asian American children and children of immigrants directly, highlighting the joys they bring to the world. . . . Across the pages, children march in a parade for a just world, play with others in the park, and share foods from different countries. The vibrant primary colors of the illustrations pop as the text reasserts: “You can do anything.”" - Booklist

August 1, 2022

Picture Book Builders - Andrea Wang

"You Are Life is a poem — a lyrical ode to Asian American children showing them all the things they are and are not. The things that Phi says they are not hit me like a gut punch. “You are not a virus,” one page begins. “You are not an invader,” starts another. “You are not forever foreign,” yet another reads. I have been called all these things and made to feel other all my life, so to say that this book resonated with me is an understatement. Phi deftly turns these stereotypes and insults around, reassuring the reader that they are wanted, they are seen, and they are loved. . . .Hannah Li’s bright and cheerful illustrations show Asian Americans of every shade, having fun, dreaming, and “marching together in the street for a more just world.” This book is so much more than a poem. It is an anthem, a call to action, an inspiring and hope-giving hug." - Picture Book Builders

September 6, 2022

 
Bao Phi

Bao Phi

Bao Phi was born in Vietnam and raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis.  He is an author, a poet, a community organizer, and a father.

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