DIVerse Families
 
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

Title

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

Authors

Kai Cheng Thom

Illustrator

Wai-Yant Li; Kai Yun Ching

Publisher

Arsenal Pulp Press Vancouver

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781551527093

Pages

40 pages

Genre

fantasy

Format

picturebook

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A magical gender variant child brings transformation and change to the world around them thanks to their mother's enduring love. In the magical time between night and day, when both the sun and the moon are in the sky, a child is born in a little blue house on a hill. And Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can't decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star? At school, though, they must endure inquisitive looks and difficult questions from the other children, and have trouble finding friends who will accept them for who they are. But they find comfort in the loving arms of their mother, who always offers them the same loving refrain: "whatever you dream of / I believe you can be / from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea." In this captivating, beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us, Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be. But one thing's for sure: no matter who this child becomes, their mother will love them just the same.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gender nonconformity; gender variance; gender expression; gender roles; gender identity

Main Character

gender variant child

Race/Ethnicities

none

Family Formation

mother

LGBTQ+

none

Keywords

classmates; friends; bullying; mother's love; transformation

Diversity Impact

direct

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea

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