Parents' Guide to

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

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Loving fantasy tale of gender, identity, and acceptance.

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

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Beautiful story for everyone!

This is a fantastic story about being true to yourself, and loving people for who they are. The illustrations are stunning pieces are art and absolutely captivating. They take us into another world, like ours, but more magical. And they create a wonderful and safe space to talk about difference and the need for love.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Built on a foundation of love and acceptance, Kai Cheng Thom's simple, straightforward message is invaluable to anyone who feels like they can't be themselves. It may especially resonate with those who have non-binary gender identities. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea shows the life-changing impact of unconditional love, and how free a person can feel when they can be themselves. Because this is a fantasy tale, readers can identify with parts or all of the characters in ways they might not in a fully human world. The blunt questions at school if they are a boy or a girl, and Miu Lan's reaction, show how questions that seem easy can be difficult to answer.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate