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Picture book by Canadian writer Kai Cheng Thom read by Julie Andrews on her children's literary podcast

The British actor read From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea for her children's literary podcast, Julie's Library.
Julie Andrews reads from From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom for the podcast Julie's Library. (Arsenal Pulp Press, Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Legendary British actor Julie Andrews reads from the picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Toronto writer Kai Cheng Thom for her podcast Julie's Library.

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer and performance artist in Toronto. (Craig Desson)

Illustrated by Kai Yun Ching & Wai-Yant Li, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea is about a young child named Miu Lan who can't decide whether to be a boy or a girl, a bird or a fish, a flower or a shooting star. It's a beautifully imagined picture book about gender, identity and the acceptance of the differences between us all. 

"The book is truly the best thing I have ever created as an artist," said Cheng Thom on her Facebook page.

"Julie Andrews is a hero of mine, as she is for so many people... I am truly overwhelmed and honoured to hear my words in her legendary voice."

Julie's Library is a podcast Andrews hosts with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. Together, they read their favourite children's books.

Other books they have read so far include The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Canadian Jon Klassen, Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Matt Phelan and Bears Don't Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton and illustrated by Rachel Suzanne.

Julie Andrews joined Tom Power to talk about her new memoir, which looks back on her Hollywood years. 21:36

Cheng Thom is also the author of the poetry collection a place called No Homeland, the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars and the essay collection I Hope We Choose Love.

You can listen to From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea on Julie's Library here.

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