I Walk With Vanessa

I Walk With Vanessa

A Story About A Simple Act of Kindness

Picture Book - 2018 | First edition.
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An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.
Publisher: New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524769550
Branch Call Number: E KERASCOET
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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IndyPL_SarahL Jun 19, 2020

This is a lovely wordless picture book that demonstrates empathy and how to become an ally to a person who has experienced bullying. This would be a great tool to start conversations about identifying emotions, acts of kindness, and other social-emotional skills.

jcljessicaj Nov 18, 2019

This wordless book would be great to read one-on-one to share back and forth about what is happening in the illustrations. Caregivers and children can dialogue about what happened, how the characters felt, and how they resolved the conflict. Great for talking about the process of storytelling but also about being kind and compassionate toward others.

Mar 29, 2019

A great book. At first I thought it was about being welcoming a new student who naturally had no friends when she first arrived at a new school. As the story went on, however, it became clear that it is also about helping to raise kids' awareness of bullying behavior and offering options for how to respond to it. The information goes down easily because the illustrations are so wonderful. Highly recommended.

IndyPL_BambiP Feb 07, 2019

It only takes one person to make a difference in someone's life.

IndyPL_JoanE Feb 02, 2019

It only takes one person, young or old, to make a difference in how we treat each other and hopefully inspire others to join in! The dark clouds hanging over the two main characters are more than just illustrations. This wordless picture book is magical in sharing a message of friendship and kindness.

SPL_Kids Oct 05, 2018

Please see the Summary section for a full review.

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 demonstrate how one simple act or idea for the good can turn into a movement of many.

LibrarianDest Jul 27, 2018

The endpapers are so clever -- at the beginning they're black and white; at the end they're colorful.

ArapahoeLauren Jul 23, 2018

My colleague brought this to me and told me I had to read it immediately because of "all the feels." Man, was she right! A beautiful wordless picture book brings a perspective of a girl witnessing a new student being bullied - and her decision to stand up for her. READ AND SHARE THIS BOOK!

ArapahoeSteffen Jul 03, 2018

This wordless picture book feels both timeless and necessary for this moment in time.
Rich, expressive illustrations. This book is just perfect!

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Jun 14, 2018

angelflyer thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 9

CHILDREN'S BPL May 01, 2018

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SPL_Kids Oct 05, 2018

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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