Here I Am by Patti Kim

Recommended Grades:3-5

A beautiful tale of one childs journey to establish a new life in a new country, based loosely on the authors own experiences.  The story unfolds entirely through illustrations, wordlessly capturing a young boys poignant struggle to say goodbye to one home and acclimate to an unfamiliar, new one. 

Lesson Idea:

Mentor Text: Using Pictures to Read Closely: Read aloud Here I Am and discuss how the illustrator created pictures that draw the reader in.  Since this is a wordless picture book, how does the author/illustrator convey feelings through pictures?  Explicitly teach students how to use pictures/illustrations to help them gain meaning from a text.  How does the author use color and symbols to convey meaning?  Would adding words to the story change the meaning of the story?  Here I Am is a great mentor text to scaffold close reading strategies for students.  Pair it with other wordless picture books, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and Bluebird by Bob Staake when scaffolding close reading with students.

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