From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea



  • Arsenal’s second foray into children’s picture books following Vivek Shraya’s The Boy & the Bindi.
  • Similar in tone to Bindi, this is a gentle book for children ages 3 to 8 that follows Miu Lan, a gender non-conforming child of Chinese American origin, as they navigate through their world, bolstered by the enduring love of their mother. They encounter inquisitive looks and questions from other children at school, and when they come home and they say they haven’t made any friends yet, her mother responds with a loving refrain: “whatever you dream of, / i believe you can be, / from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea.”
  • The message of the book is that the mother’s constant encouragement and message of love gives Miu Lan strength and confidence until finally they are surrounded by classmates who are now their friends.
  • Kai Cheng was inspired to write this book by her own experiences as a gender non-conforming child who ultimately was rejected by her family as a teenager. It is Kai Cheng’s hope that the book will show that gender non-conforming children deserve the same kind of love and praise that all children deserve.

    ISBN: 9781551527093
    Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
    Pub Date: 11/2017
    Format: Hardcover
    Weight: 0.90lbs
    Size: 8.60h x 11.10w x 0.30d

  • Additional information

    Weight 0.90 lbs
    Dimensions 8.60 × 11.10 × 0.30 in