COME WITH ME by Holly M. McGhee


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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How can one person make a difference?

A girl, frightened by what she sees on the news, asks her father, a white man, what to do to make the world a better place. Appealing watercolor-and-ink illustrations portray their resulting walk to the subway as they say hello to passers-by and, in doing so, win “a tiny battle over fear for themselves and for the people of the world.” Next, the girl asks her mother, a brown-skinned woman, and together, the two shop for dinner, because “one person doesn’t represent a family or a race or the people of a land.” Finally, the biracial girl asks to walk her dog. Her parents allow her to do this alone, their message to the world that they don’t want to “live in fear.” The girl and her dog walk with a neighbor boy (who is black), because “two people together are stronger than one.” The story concludes with the idea that to improve the world, one need only carry on and be kind, and the result feels superficial and treacly; the characters essentially receive praise for recognizing that human connections are important, and the girl, eager to make some sort of a difference in the world, never finds out about any further options or ideas. World events may be difficult for both adults and children to process or comprehend, but this well-intentioned selection fails to offer much beyond self-congratulation.

A look at fear from a privileged perspective. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5247-3905-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2017


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