Willow Finds A Way

Willow Finds A Way

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In this simple but substantial picture book by Lana Button, shy, quiet Willow silently wishes she could find a way to say no to her bossy classmate Kristabelle's demands, but the words never seem to come when she needs them. That is, until Kristabelle starts using the powerful threat of un-inviting children from her ?fantastic? birthday party to keep them in line, and Willow decides she's finally had enough. Surprising everyone, even herself, Willow steps up and bravely does something shocking, and it changes the entire dynamic of the classroom.

This child-friendly and relatable story about bullying is elegantly told with honesty and heart. The simple artwork by Tania Howells beautifully captures the subtleties of the story; the children are the main focus of the spare illustrations, allowing their body language and facial expressions to leap off the page and showcase exactly how they're feeling. This is a book that will have young children on the edge of their seats at storytime, deeply sympathetic to the dilemma faced by Willow and her classmates. What makes this book particularly helpful is that it presents a model for how any child, even a shy one like Willow, can find his or her own way to deal with a bossy or bullying classmate. It offers a pitch-perfect lesson on how to stand up for yourself, terrifically aligning with character education lessons on courage. The empowering message here also helps promote individual self-awareness, self-esteem and good decision making.
Publisher: Tonawanda, NY : Kids Can Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781554538423
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,24 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Howells, Tania


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May 14, 2019

This book portrays a common "birthday monster" problem in kindergartens and pre-schools. My daughter loves the Willow books.

May 05, 2019

I work with a few Kristabelles and wish the real world works as simplistically as it did in this book.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

When Kristabelle announces to her class that she is going to have a birthday party, Willow is thrilled. But when Kristabelle starts to act bossy and cross her friends off the list if they don’t do what she wants, Willow decides she must find a peaceful way to stop the bullying. Ages 0-6.

Oct 03, 2014

This book is fantastic. It helps young children learn the subtle art of bullying through exclusion, and the wise choices made by Willow, who finds a great way to resolve not just the conflict, but her own emotions.

MrTsClass Feb 05, 2014

Most of our class loved this book. The characters of Willow and Kristabell are so believable, they could be in our class. When Willow and her classmates stand up to Kristabell because she was kicking people off of her birthday list, we thought Willow's response was an appropriate one when dealing with a bully. Kristabell then learns a lesson that all of us should learn. Read the book to find out. We would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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