We Are Allies!

Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250828583.
PreS-Gr 1–This picture book is full of vivid watercolor illustrations that provide a simple yet powerful steps anyone can take to be an ally. In simple language, it makes the point that children are exposed to bad news about devastating events affecting a lot of people. Current events on the news are everywhere and can be scary or sad. But, announces a Black woman with a megaphone, there is good news, too. Everyone can change the world. Children can share what they have and donate old toys. They can stand up for someone being treated unfairly and not stay quiet when someone is being mean. They can participate in walks for a cause and create signs. There’s so much everyone can do to make the world better now and for future generations. There are discussion questions to help start a necessary conversation on these topics. The author’s note sums up the value of the book as a way to help verbalize the injustice in the world in a way kids will understand and empower them to make a difference by giving them things they can do.
VERDICT This vividly illustrated manual teaches kids how to be allies, optimistic, and think how they can participate in change. A necessary purchase.

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