Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration

Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781250266514.
PreS-Gr 1–Doyin’s retelling of her father’s journey from his African home to America is such an important piece of work in the current world. The book shows children what it is like having lived in a foreign country and converting to a new life. So many people, even teachers, doubted her father Joe, but he still succeeded and became a doctor. When faced with challenges, he concluded by saying “Watch me.” He did not give up, nor did he back down. Wordless pages in-between the text pages show images like the picnic and changing colors of a city park. The visuals will be helpful and inspiring to young children. Some of the text rhymes and makes it easy for children to follow along.
VERDICT A recommended immigration story. The message for children is not to give up, even when everyone else has.

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