This simple yet powerful wordless picture book — from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team — tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
This empathy-building bullying prevention story includes a selection of tips for children who see someone being treated badly, and a guide for adults summarizing key terminology to use while discussing the story.
"[I]n an important series of vignettes, the artists make it clear how much the incident upsets [both the bullied and the bystander] — one nighttime spread shows both girls awake and despondent in their bedrooms. In the morning, the girl invites Vanessa to walk to school with her, and they are soon joined by other children. It’s not a story about bullying per se — although Vanessa’s pain is evident, her emotions are not its focus. Instead, it looks at stepping up and being an ally. The wordless pages and small, toylike figures make this a good choice for young children who can work out for themselves what has happened, what Vanessa’s new friend does, and why it works." — Publishers Weekly
|4 - 8
|Apr 24, 2018
|Schwartz & Wade