BOOK REVIEW - This is Not My Home by Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh
This is Not My Home by Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Pub Date: January 24, 2023
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.
In This is Not My Home, Lily’s mom moves them back to Taiwan to take care of Ah Ma. Lily reluctantly goes along and soon is homesick. Nothing is the same and she doesn’t fit in. Her mom asks how school was and she responds, “this is not my home”. Her mom said, “I know but it’s mine” and together they can have this new life. Afterward, Lily starts to fit in and realizes this IS her home.
The book is gorgeous! The illustrations show the emotion and tell the story of a homesick girl learning to adjust in her new home, which also happens to be a foreign country. I can’t imagine how difficult that transition would be.
The characters are also well written and the story flows nicely. The book is engaging and serves as a good conversation starter about the sacrifices families make because love trumps all and family is important. I also enjoyed the multi-generational aspect. It warmed my heart when the mom used this as an opportunity to share her culture with her daughter allowing them to create a deeper relationship based on their new shared experience.
I highly recommend this book!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Author:
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/