Come With Me


In a world filled with anger and hatred comes a story that begins wi fear and rises.  A little girl perched on a seat in her living room watches the news blaring from the flat screen television.  The story over and over again is of "people against people" and "anger and hatred."

When you are young and small, this news can make you frightened.  Her face questioning and innocently hopeful, this little one goes to her parents to ask what she can do to make the world a better place.  The grown-ups will know what to do.

Told with an eye to diversity, this story leads us out into the world.   This wise father takes his daughter to show her what she holds inside, what she has to give and how those gifts can change the world for her and for others she meets.  Her mother shows her the same and she in turn, takes this power forward and teaches it to the boy across the hall.

This is a clarion call to each and to all  to understand that each of us has both the resources and the courage to give our empathy, kindness, and acceptance to others.

Down in the subway you find out no one is too small to make a big difference.

40 pages   978-1524739058   Ages 5-9

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

Keywords: Social Emotional Learning, understanding others, respecting others, social activist, role of the individual, power of the individual, diversity, diverse books, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, acceptance, accepting others


“Together, the words and pictures work seamlessly to deliver a powerful message: What we do matters.”—R. J. Palacio, The New York Times

When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do—her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own—walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world.

In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.--from the publisher


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