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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
category: Children's Fiction
published: Oct 2017
ISBN:9781551527093
publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press

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

text by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Wai-Yant Li & Kai Yun Ching

tagged: lgbt, alternative family, asian american
Description

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.

Ages 3 to 8.

About the Authors

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and psychotherapist in Toronto. Her novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir was released by Metonymy Press in 2016, and her first poetry book, a place called No Homeland, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. Her 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, will be published by Arsenal in the fall of 2017. Kai Cheng won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.


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.


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.

Editorial Review

This book's themes can resonate with any child who feels excluded (or excludes others) and can also open up conversations about nonbinary gender identities. A relevant tale of love and acceptance that can find a home in any children's collection. “Kirkus Reviews

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