Illustrated by Hyewon Yum
"A gentle story about connection that will connect with readers of all ages."
- Kirkus, Starred Review
"Lim's text and Yum's art soar as the two "see" each other at last."
NYT Book Review
"It’s a tale that celebrates imagination; birds (the monochromatic drawings of graceful birds in flight on the endpapers are a highlight); and the value of getting past fears to discover that we all have more in common than we might think."
The Horn Book
"Kids who’ve had their own encounters with hard-to-slot adults will appreciate the validation and the encouraging outcome."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2022
On her daily bike ride with her dad, a bird-loving little girl passes a woman who frightens her—until she discovers what they have in common.
I am a bird. Ca-Caw! Ca-Caw!
Every day, a little girl rides to school on the back of her father's bike. As they twist and turn through the streets, the little girl spreads her arms like wings and sings her birdsong for all to hear. But when they pass a strange woman in blue who carries a mysterious bag, the girl goes quiet until the woman is out of sight. One day, when they’re running late, the little girl discovers what the woman does with her bag each morning—a surprise that transforms her wariness into a feeling of kinship to be celebrated. Hope Lim’s simple text and Hyewon Yum’s delicate, expressive illustrations create a touching story that encourages readers to embrace our similarities rather than focus on our differences.