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Red

by Jan De Kinder
Translated by Translated by Laura Watkinson from the Dutch


Published by Eerdmans, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪02854469

Ages 48

This picture book about bullying from the bystander抯 perspective is narrated by a young girl who inadvertently starts a spiral of hurtful words and actions until she chooses to speak out. The girl thinks it抯 funny that Tommy, a boy in her class, is blushing, but things quickly get out of control when she points it out to other kids. The girl抯 simple observation quickly turns to teasing from everyone in the class. 揥e whisper color into Tommy抯 cheeks. Soon, she becomes uncomfortable with the teasing and taunting especially as she gradually becomes aware of Tommy抯 discomfort. But she doesn抰 know how to stop the taunting from her classmates, especially after a boy named Paul turns the taunting physical. Finally, she gets up the courage to respond to the teacher抯 question about what happened, and other kids speak up as well. Descriptive language and understated art convincingly and evocatively capture the emotions of the children as well as the tension of the situation.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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