FICTION

Ways to Welcome

Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374313180.
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PreS-Gr 2–This is a sweet, poetic text about being welcome and inclusive. The text lacks a narrative story, instead providing rhymes encompassing the concepts of kindness, beginning visually with a boy starting a new school and ending with a new family being welcomed into a town. The illustrations follow a diverse goup of children who embark on various activities: attending story time, visiting the park, gardening, and arriving at an airport, among other things. The book culminates with a neighborhood picnic and the words, “It sends a message loud and clear. Hello, friend. I’m glad you’re here.” The brightly colored, full-bleed illustrations have a collage feel and are made with simple, geometric shapes. Unfortunately, the depiction of multiple characters’ experiences muddles the story, making it hard to follow. Nevertheless, stories about inclusiveness, kindness, simple hospitality, and positive representations are all in high demand these days, and this attractive title fits the bill.
VERDICT Most libraries and preschools will find this a welcome addition.

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