Mina Belongs Here


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$17.95  $16.69
Floris Books
Publish Date
10.8 X 9.9 X 0.5 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author

Sandra Niebuhr-Siebert is an eminent professor, linguist and children's author from Germany. Her career has included speech therapy and teaching at numerous universities, and she is currently the honorary head of the reading jury for the KIMI seal, for diversity in children's books. Mina Belongs Here is her first picture book, inspired by Sandra's extensive research into multilingualism in childcare and educational settings. Lars Baus is an illustrator from Bavaria, Germany. He studied illustration and animation at the Munster Academy of Art. Lars has worked as a graphic designer and a freelance illustrator and is the illustrator of several children's books.


'This tender, lyrical text brings to life moments that many immigrants will recognize... A visually engaging, rose-colored exploration of the immigrant experience.' -- Kirkus Reviews

'Lyrical and uplifting text combined with gorgeous artwork masterfully tells a story of a young child struggling in a new environment and eventually gaining self-confidence and friendship of others.' -- School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

'The expressive illustrations start out in monochrome gray tones. Gradually the scenes become more colorful and, ultimately, quite vibrant as Mina slowly picks up her new language and begins to feel part of the group... This appealing picture book reflects the experiences of many immigrant children throughout the world.' -- Booklist

'A heartfelt and uplifting story of a migrant experience and discovering a sense of belonging through shared words. The expressive illustrations begin in muted monochrome, slowly transforming to vibrant color as Mina's understanding grows.' --The Concord Bookshop, Picture Book Pick of the Week

'The illustrations interweave seamlessly with the story, becoming more and more colourful as Mina's ability to communicate and her sense of belonging grow.' -- Five Books

'A gentle picture book of adaptation and change. Libraries and young readers seeking stories about integration and acceptance will find Mina Belongs Here both entertaining and thought-provoking.' --Midwest Book Review

'The illustrations are simple yet subtly complex, adding additional details to the story.' -- School Library Connection

'The illustrations stretch and adapt with the storyline - muted and monochrome when Mina is struggling to find her place in this new environment; bold, bright, enchanting and expressive when her understanding grows. The mesmerising colours and the beautifully crafted dialogue are a perfect match.' -- Sienna's Little Library