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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Say Hello

Say Hello

Fall 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Jack Foreman
Author: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-763-63657-9
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Childhood bullying remains a large source of concern for parents, children, and educators alike, even at the preschool level. This gentle new picture book, based on the author's own experience of being bullied, encourages young readers to reach out with one simple word to those who look as if they could use a friend. In Say Hello, Jack Foreman has created two dovetailing storylines about being left out, one from the point of view of a stray dog, another from the perspective of a boy. Each of them thinks, "Left out, no fun. Why am I the lonely one?" The book ends happily for all involved-perhaps an oversimplification of the problem, but certainly containing a valuable lesson for this young age group. Foreman's style is simple but effective, and the charcoal and pencil illustrations by Michael Foreman are appealingly childlike. As an added touch, the endpapers say "hello" in 42 different languages. This a sweet and touching book for younger children.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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