A boy moves from South Korea to New York. At first he feels isolated, upset and homesick. The illustrations communicate a frightening and confusing time for him. The boy keeps a seed as a precious keepsake of South Korea, and uses it to imagine he is back there.
One day the boy drops the seed from his window and it is picked up by a little girl. The boy follows the girl through the neighbourhood to get it back, on the way happening upon some exciting and joyful parts of his new home. There is so much to enjoy that he eventually forgets all about the seed.
He happens upon the girl in the park and they plant the seed together. Illustrations show how the boy and girl remain friends in the future. The final image is of the boy stood peacefully on a bridge in the park, creating an uplifting and hopeful end to the story.
This story is told entirely through Sonia Sánchez’s beautiful illustrations and is based on author Patti Kim’s personal experience of moving to the USA when she was a child.
Additionally, the use of only images to tell the story makes this book accessible to children and young people who may not yet be able to read the language. It also enables the book to be used with children and young people with a range of home languages.