Somewhere

by Robie H Harris (Author) Armando Mariño (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A seemingly ordinary park transforms into somewhere new and wonderful in this enthralling ode to first adventures from acclaimed author Robie H. Harris and fine artist Armando Mariño. Somewhere is where I wanted to go.

Somewhere new. Somewhere I had never, ever been before.

A young girl and her father walk through familiar streets on a brilliant, sun-drenched day. When they reach a park, the girl lets go of her father's hand. It is time for her to journey out on her own. As her father keeps watch, she finds an unfamiliar place--an extraordinary forest that blooms around her, lush and larger than life. She plays among gigantic leaves, discovers treasures, and thinks of how her father would love this place, too. She retraces her steps to a happy reunion with her father and a recounting of her exploration. Brought to life in soft, vibrant watercolors by renowned Cuban artist Armando Mariño, this lyrical story by Robie H. Harris captures the magic of a child finding her inner strength and curiosity--and discovering somewhere new all on her own.


School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--A seemingly ordinary father-daughter outing is transformed into a brand new adventure in this engaging story. The opening spread reveals that the unnamed girl is ready to independently go "somewhere" that is new and different. She waves goodbye to her father, who has her brown skin and dark hair, and begins a journey through the forest of discovery and curiosity. During her outing, she collects treasures such as a shiny peso, a large leaf, flowers, and feathers. It is around this time that she realizes how much her father would love to be "somewhere" with her--before using her self-reliance to return to him and share her experiences. Mariño's stunning watercolor and ink illustrations invite readers to join the young protagonist on her new adventure, an excellent complement to Harris's lyrical text. Pair with My Forest is Green by Darren LeBeuf, A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek, and The Secret Fawn by Kallie George for stimulating discussions of nature, adventure, and self-sufficiency. VERDICT Brimming with respect for curiosity and independence, this is a welcome addition to most collections.--Olivia Gorecke, Cape May Cty. Lib., Ocean View, NJ

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Publishers Weekly

A tropical landscape alive with colorful birds, butterflies, and flowers makes an ideal place for a brown-skinned child wearing a dress and a baseball cap to explore alone, without their father. In a tropical city that could be Havana, with classic building facades painted in many colors, the two enter a park together. Wanting to go "Somewhere new./ Somewhere/ I had never, ever been before," the child sets off, "step-by-step, / making footprints/ in the mud," the father visible nearby behind some greenery. In watercolor and ink illustrations with dappled textures, debut illustrator Mariño paints the child as they find treasures along the way ("a shiny peso!/ And a big green leaf!") and arrive at last in a place that feels initially "somewhere new./ Somewhere so nice./ Somewhere so quiet," and soon enough, uncomfortably remote. Sure their father is "lonely without me," the figure takes a moment to retrace their steps until good thinking and confident self-talk offer the way. Daddy's affectionate gestures are welcoming as the child puts the found flower into his hair. Harris (It's Not the Stork!) writes a familiar story about experimenting with independence, and Mariño's paintings give it visual richness. Ages 4-6. (Feb.)

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Review quotes

Mariño's stunning watercolor and ink illustrations invite readers to join the young protagonist on her new adventure, an excellent complement to Harris's lyrical text. . . . Brimming with respect for curiosity and independence, this is a welcome addition to most collections.
—School Library Journal

The story sensitively portrays a parent who understands the fine balance between a child's need for independence and the need for supportive reassurance. . . . A lovely portrayal of the father-child bond.

—Kirkus Reviews

A tropical landscape alive with colorful birds, butterflies, and flowers makes an ideal place for a brown-skinned child wearing a dress and a baseball cap to explore alone. . . Mariño's paintings give [the story] visual richness.
—Publishers Weekly

Robie H Harris
Robie H. Harris is the New York Times best-selling author of It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health; It's So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families; and It's NOT the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends. She is also the author of the Let's Talk About You and Me series. Robie H. Harris lives in New York City.

Armando Mariño is an award-winning Cuban artist. He uses a rich palette to create ethereal landscapes that reflect the inner life of his subjects. Armando Mariño lives in New York City. Somewhere is his first book.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781536207354
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
February 20, 2022
Series
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