40 pages 978-0593530627 Ages 4-8
Keywords: homelessness, courage, school issues, power of positive thinking, perseverance, overcoming adversity, new experiences, self reliance, Social Emotional Learning SEL, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old
At its core, THE BRIGHT SIDE shines a light on a young boy's experience with houselessness, confidence, and resourcefulness, based on Otis’ childhood. The narrator then uses the talents and skills learned while living on a bus with his family to save the day when things go wrong at school.
THE BRIGHT SIDE weaves in socioeconomic differences, isolation, determination, courage, and creativity across its illustrated pages. Otis hopes to shed light on these issues while encouraging young readers to have a positive outlook and use their talents for good. ---from the publisher