Grade Level: Preschool – 3
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.
- GOLD – 2017 Foreward Reviews (INDIES) Winner
- GOLD – Mom’s Choice Award
- GOLD – Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Award , Children’s Picture Book (7 & Under)
“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.
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.