I See You

I See You

Created by: Michael Genhart
Illustrated by: Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level:
Preschool – 3
Pages: 32, Color
Size: 8″ x 10″
ISBN-10: 1433827581
ISBN-13: 978-1433827587
Publisher: Magination Press (October 9, 2017)

Synopsis

I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is unseen by everyone around her – except for a little boy. Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her through an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen.

This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a conversation about homelessness.

Includes a Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors which talks about homelessness, lists discussion questions and provides additional resources about how to help.

Awards

  • Gold medal winner, Mom’s Choice Award

mom's choice gold

  • Gold medal winner, Independent Publisher Book Award, Children’s Picture Book (7 & Under)

Gold

  • Finalist, 2017 Foreword Indies Award, Children’s Picture Book

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Reviews

 

“I See You” is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is not seen by everyone around her — except for a little boy. Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her in an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen. “I See You” opens the door for children ages 4 to 8 and their parents to begin a conversation about homelessness. In a “Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors,” there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless. Exceptional, unique, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and providing a thoroughly entertaining story with an underlying and positive message, “I See You” is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library social issue themed picture book collections.

 

This wordless tale depicts the trials of a homeless woman whom only one boy can see. For a year, only he sees all that she endures having no home and very few personal belongings. Not to mention, not a soul reaches out to help her. Finally, in a heartwarming display of compassion, the little boy acknowledges her with a simple gesture. “I See You” is an ideal conversation starter to approach the difficult subject of homelessness.

 

I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is not seen by everyone around her—except for a little boy. Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her in an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen. This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a conversation about homelessness. In a “Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors,” there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless.
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What I like about this book:  Michael Genhart’s wordless picture book is about heart, compassion and connecting with others. It is the a perfect medium to open the door for children and parents to begin a conversation about the many kinds of  homelessness. It also encourages children to study the detailed illustrations a little more carefully and use their imaginations to tell the story.  The boy is an inspiration and reminder of a child’s untainted generosity.

The emotion and candor captured by this story are beautifully brought to life in Joanne Lew-Vriethoff’s heartfelt and vivid illustrations. They are particularly important in evoking the necessary caring response from the boy and the annoyance of strangers.

Resources: In a Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors, there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless.  There is also a section on how children can get involved by making very simple Care Bags. There are many activities kid can do to help the homeless:  donate to local food pantries, donate clothing and toiletry items, books, clean toys to shelters. Visit Michael Genhart at his website.

 

I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for sending over a copy of I See You.  On behalf of the NCHV Staff, Board of Directors, and our Members across the country, thank you so much for mentioning NCHV in the notes section.  We are honored that the APA included us with the other great organizations working in this space.
I’ve got to tell you – I think the book is excellent.  My 3 year old was in the office with me this weekend, and he knows I work in an office but doesn’t really know what I do.  He saw the book and picked it right up.  I wasn’t sure he would get it but as soon as he opened the first page he pointed right at the homeless woman and asked why she was sad.  It was great to start to have conversations with him about how hard it is for people who do not have homes, and what that can be like as communities criminalize homelessness.  We didn’t quite get to the part about how people and kids can help out, but he’s still really little so we have time to talk about giving back.  In any case, he really liked reading the book and has asked me to bring it home to read it again.  So, the book really resonates with the kiddos.
If there is ever anything NCHV can do to be of service to you or the APA, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thanks again, for everything you and the team at APA do to help folks in need.
Kathryn
Kathryn Monet
Chief Executive Officer
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)

 

 

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