Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee
(Putnam ~ September 5, 2017)
As a district-wide librarian in a school system, I very, very rarely write emails to our entire staff about one particular book. But the horrific act of violence in Las Vegas combined with so so so many other acts of sadness and senseless hate in past weeks/months led me to writing this email this morning ~ this book is a required purchase for all libraries, guidance counselors and classrooms. And it breaks my heart that we need it, but we do.
Oh, and yes – I got an amazing response from my staff and will be purchasing more copies.
“Together, the words and pictures work seamlessly to deliver a powerful message: What we do matters.”—R. J. Palacio, The New York Times
When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do—her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own—walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world.
In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.