The Train Home

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$19.99  $18.59
Greenwillow Books
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9.32 X 11.27 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Dan-ah Kim is an artist and designer born in Seoul, South Korea, and now living in Brooklyn, New York. She is also the daughter of a Tae Kwon Do grandmaster, and she grew up practicing martial arts. The Grandmaster's Daughter is her debut picture book.


"Nari lives in an apartment that's too full and in a city that's too loud. Watching the train rumble by her window, she dreams of taking it someplace quiet just for her: a treetop nest, under the sea, or outer space. . . . Even in Nari's quiet times, Kim's illustrations are a riot of color and delicate details; young readers will love to explore the different worlds Nari visits in her imagination. . . . A quiet ode to imagination, the need for quiet, and the reassurance that one can always come back home." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Nari lives in a small, crowded apartment in a diverse, bustling city. Among the chatter from her grandparents, the arguing from her parents, the whining from her little sister, and noise from their neighbors, she finds little respite. As she watches a passing train, she wonders if she 'can take it . . . and find her dream home. . . .' This spare narrative, with its graceful illustrations, gently makes its point--sometimes we need a little distance to appreciate what truly matters. A quiet, imaginative, and tender tale of finding home." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Nari's city household can be a challenging place . . . Maybe the train can carry her to a quieter place? . . . When the train carries Nari far into outer space, where 'everything is beautiful, ' she wishes her family were there, and it's not long before she is ready to be back among them. Kim affirms the push and pull of life for a city child who loves her family and finds needed sanctuary in the quiet of her own company." -- Publishers Weekly

"An enchanting look at a child's quest for belonging. . . . Kim's mixed-media art is dynamic, subtly blending realism with touches of whimsy and lush naturalistic detail. The palette is equally pleasing, with just the right distinctions between cityscapes and dreamscapes. This understated and creative picture book takes on the theme of being true to oneself and ends with the realization that 'there's no place like home.'" -- Horn Book Magazine

"The subway train runs right past Nari's lively New York City apartment building, and she imagines riding it to far-flung destinations that offer quiet spaces away from the bustling city and her boisterous family and neighbors. . . . A creative adventure, a charming homage to New York City, and a sweet reminder that home is truly where the heart is." -- BookPage