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

A picture book about being yourself by Kai Cheng Thom.

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

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. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea is available in October 2017.

Interviews

Kai Cheng is a social worker, poet, and workaholic. Her experiences growing up trans inspires her help. She’s always there for others, but it’s exhausting. She needs to set boundaries, and focus on herself. Can she learn to say "no"? 27:26