cbr15bingo Picture This: I like these images.
There are six people who are from different areas of the world. And all of them have one thing in common. They have a name. Now, that is not unusual, but what is unusual in Say My Name is how we learn of these names. Each one of their names is special in its own way. And each of the children tells us why their name is special, how it is connected to their people’s history, culture and what that says about them. In the amazingly gorgeous illustrations of Khoa Le, we see how the beauty of the names come alive on the page. Joanna Ho’s text is poetic, strong and flows. And while each person is different, there are many similarities, too.
I am finding it hard to write about the book, not because it is bad, but because it is good. And I do not think my words can express how unique, yet also familiar, this book is. It is telling us to be proud of ourselves, and also how we can learn about others by learning their names and from there, the overall world that name comes from. Ho covers areas we are partly familiar with, like China, but also shows us places and people we might not be as familiar with. There are a few extras that tie things together as well.
This is a book one must experience and then take away from it what they put into it due to their own experiences, biases, etc. Read via an online reader copy, I plan on finding a finished copy in late September 2023 when it is published. And if I could, I would post all the pictures in this review, as even though the text is fantastic, the images seal the deal for me.