STARRED REVIEW
September 05, 2017

A gentle story of hope

By Holly M. McGhee, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître

It’s hard not to feel sad and frightened after viewing the world news, with stories of hatred, tragedy and devastation. Children may have even stronger reactions. Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee gently addresses this topic through a young biracial girl who becomes frightened after watching a television newscast. When she asks her papa if there’s something she can do to make the world a better place, he simply says, “Come with me.”

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It’s hard not to feel sad and frightened after viewing the world news, with stories of hatred, tragedy and devastation. Children may have even stronger reactions. Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee gently addresses this topic through a young biracial girl who becomes frightened after watching a television newscast. When she asks her papa if there’s something she can do to make the world a better place, he simply says, “Come with me.”

As they wait for and ride the subway under their city, the father tips his hat at passersby of different genders, races and religious faiths. So the little girl does, too. And when she goes with her mama to a market, they see more diverse individuals, rendered in ink and soft watercolors, and know that one person doesn’t represent a family, race or geographic area. Emboldened by kindness and a newfound bravery, the little girl decides to venture outside with her dog. A boy across the hall asks her where she’s heading, and she responds, “Come with me.”

Together they realize that two people are stronger than one, and with one step at a time, no matter how small, they can make the world a kinder place to live. Coloring with chalk draws in a neighbor, and this soon becomes a small community event. The book will resonate with anxious children and budding activists, and parents, caregivers and educators will appreciate the apprehension of the little girl’s parents and their decision to no longer live in fear.

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Come with Me

Come with Me

By Holly M. McGhee, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
Putnam
ISBN 9781524739058

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