Author: Adena Raub Dershowitz
Illustrator: Heather Workman
Publisher: Adena Dershowitz
Length: 28 pages
A child-friendly story of the 2017 Women’s March with an inclusive message.
Through simple rhyme, Dershowitz, presents a complex topic about a historical day in an easy to understand format for children. The illustrations and verse enable the reader to effortlessly journey with the character as she marches through the pages, while teaching us about diversity and inclusiveness.
Not only does the book pay tribute to this important day in a respectful and thoughtful way, the events are presented accurately: the signs, the flags, the messages, the unity of people, from all walks of life, lifting up their voices to demand equality and fair treatment for everyone, as well as, drawing attention to the rapid environmental changes we are experiencing; I witnessed similar sights at many marches.
One unifying theme I particularly enjoyed, was the encouragement of children to get involved in the political process and the list of age-appropriate ways for them to accomplish this task. I feel this expectation offers wonderful validation to children as citizens of the world.
Another element I appreciated was the suggestion that children ask questions. In an age where facts have been diminished or downright ignored, it is crucial that children learn to think for themselves.
Heather Workman’s soft-hued illustrations are charming, appealing, diverse, and offer a wonderful element to the book. Children will enjoy viewing the positive images of people of all colors smiling and working together to make the world a better place.
As an early childhood teacher, I would definitely use this book for social studies lessons on cooperation, acceptance, social activism, and current events followed by the meaningful conversations this book so clearly provides. I highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.