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Alone Like Me

Alone Like Me

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In this beautiful, heartfelt picture book, a young girl moves from a small village to a big city in China, where she longs to find a friend...and ultimately meets someone very much like her.

Liling and her family have moved from their rural farm to an overwhelming urban city. Because of Chinese law, Liling can't go to school and spends her days with Mama or Baba at work. At the playground, the other children throw sand at her and tease her old red coat and dirty shoes.

But after she shares a smile with a girl in a bright yellow jacket who lives in an apartment beneath hers, Liling has a big idea! She draws a picture and lowers it down to the girl--Qiqi--who returns it with a drawing of her own. When the new friends meet face to face, Liling takes Qiqi's hand, and they walk bravely into the park--together.

With luscious watercolor illustrations and lovely poetic text, this achingly beautiful story is about our universal desire for connection, and the comfort we feel when we find a true friend.


Author: Rebecca Evans
Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books
Published: 05/03/2022
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.80h x 10.70w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780593181928
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 01/01/2022 pg. 61
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022
Booklist 02/15/2022 pg. 52
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 06/27/2022

About the Author
Rebecca Evans is a first time children's book author, who has illustrated several picture books written by others, including Two is a Lot, Plants Fight Back, and If Animals Built Your House. She also illustrated Mark Weston's Finding the Speed of Light, which Kirkus called a highlight in a starred review. Rebecca is the Co-Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia region. She lives in Maryland with her family.

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