Illustrated by :Carmen Mok
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Dimensions:9.25in x 8.63 x 0.43 in | 0.79 lb
Page Count:32 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
ECONOMIC DIVERSITY: Kim and her single mom live on the edge—in the story, the power has been shut off in their apartment, and Jen has to sign the form that allows Kim’s school trip to be paid for.
TIMELY MESSAGE: Tough doesn’t mean hard—toughness can mean vulnerability and honesty.
ENGAGING ART: Carmen Mok’s art is the perfect complement to this story of adversity—the pleasing design of her characters keep the story from being overwhelming.
GREAT INSTITUTIONAL APPEAL: This book will allow teachers and librarians to introduce economic diversity and empathy to children.
ADVOCATE: Lana Button is a teacher herself and has been a strong advocate for students with previous books addressing bullying and shyness.
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Favourite Book of the Year (2021)
“Powerful in its vulnerability.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Mok offers simple, carefully shaded gouache and colored-pencil art, underlining this sensitive portrayal of the bond between one mother and child navigating difficult circumstances and whether to welcome help.” —Publishers Weekly
"Powerful stuff." —Wall Street Journal
"This tender tale imparts that asking for help shows toughness, too." —New York Times
“Lana Button gently explores the pressures that kids feel when they have to take on the roles that the adults in their lives can’t.” —Globe and Mail
“Readers should come away from the story realizing that staying ‘tough’ is not the only answer.” —Horn Book