A person, probably an adult, asks the main character in this gorgeous picture book the not-so-innocent question, “What are you?” The young girl proceeds to show—in heartwarming and emboldening color—the wonderfully complicated person that she is, despite the reductive, binary, and oft-times hurtful and harmful ways of the world.
The creator of Little Owl's Night explores and celebrates the complexities of what makes us who we are in this comforting and thoughtful picture book.
A young narrator describes herself: a girl, a granddaughter, Indian, and American. Soon, we see the young girl as a plethora of things: selfish and generous, mean and kind, brave and mischievous. While many of these qualities oppose each other, the context and illustrations make it abundantly clear that she speaks the truth. She is a walking contradiction, and that is precisely what makes her both a unique individual and an essential piece of the greater world around her. Divya Srinivasan shows what makes us human and proud to be who we are.
About the Author
Divya Srinivasan is an illustrator and animator living in Austin, Texas. She is also the author-illustrator of Little Owl’s Night and Octopus Alone.
"An outstanding and affirming story….Srinivasan’s latest offering is a universal story that belongs in all collections.” –School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“A picture book celebrating the nuances of living with multiple identities.” –Kirkus Reviews
“A charming primer for emerging readers that, when scaffolded by adult guidance, can also start conversations around identity with older readers.” –Booklist
"An exploration that will elicit much audience discussion.” –BCCB