I Walk With Vanessa
A Story About A Simple Act of KindnessBook - 2018 | First Edition.
This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. 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.
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VaughanPLDianeB Aug 31, 2018
I'm not usually a fan of wordless picture books, but I like this one. Not the best for a read aloud to a class as you need to see the smaller details, but a great share with a few children.
A sweet and lovely look at what one child can do to support another child. The ending illustrations also... Read More »
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This simple picture book, which is told entirely without words, provides the reader with the inspiring, powerful message that a small act of kindness and caring can grow into much more.
The book is also about bullying – an issue which, unfortunately, is all too familiar to many children.
When Vanessa, a new student at the local elementary school, has trouble making friends and becomes the helpless target of the school bully, a classmate notices and feels badly about it. She wonders how she can help.
The next morning, the classmate invites Vanessa to walk to school with her. Soon they are joined by more and more students, who also stay to play with Vanessa on the playground and sit with her in school. The bullying quickly stops.
The classmate’s simple act of being kind, empathetic, and standing up for what is fair - instead of being a mere bystander - changes the entire school for the better.
It’s interesting to note that Vanessa is one of the few children of colour in the school … and it’s also interesting to discover that this story is based on a true incident.
Because this story is told without words, but is beautifully illustrated with lots of detail, young readers can work out for themselves what is happening and why.
The author’s name, “Kerascoet”, refers to a French husband and wife team.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, Stratford Public Library.
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