- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Oct. 1 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155152709X
- ISBN-13: 978-1551527093
- Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 0.8 x 21.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 413 g
- Customer Reviews: 43 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea Hardcover – Oct. 1 2017
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Miu Lan's tale is a unique, magical take on differences in gender identity and accepting diversity. -Resource Links
An exquisitely rendered picture book about gender and identity ... The illustrations, by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching, are saturated with colour and sparkling with invention, and Thom's gentle, rhythmic text resonates like a wise old fairy tale that has been told and retold, and like the mother's song, passed down from one generation to the next. -Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW)
It's important for youngsters questioning their gender to see themselves in literature, and for other kids to see and more or less accept that fluidity. More generally, Mui Lan is always changing, and that sounds like the way all kids should be. -Montreal Review of Books
About the Author
Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. She is the author of the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir Metonymy Press), the poetry collection a place called No Homeland (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2018), and the children's picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li. Her latest book is the essay collection I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes at the End of the World (an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in 2020). Kai Cheng won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.
Kai Yun Ching is a community-based organizer, educator, and illustrator based in Montreal. They edited and published Children's Stories, a collection of tales written by children, with the publishing collective Quilted Creatures in 2016.
Wai-Yant Li is a Montreal-based artist who works mainly in making otherworldly ceramics and illustration. For the last thirteen years, they have been presenting and selling their work at craft fairs, galleries, and museums in Canada.
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This book has so many things missing from children's literature. First, the main character, Miu Lan, is nonbinary: neither a boy nor a girl. Second, Miu Lan is clearly non-white. There are few depictions of trans* children of color in children's literature.
Lastly, this book reads like a fairy tale picture book. It presents its message about gender calmly and age-appropriately, and teaches the reader to value people for who they are, not which box they fit in.