A gentle story that teaches how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish, from esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton.
A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...
Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody in class ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.
When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. Includes a discussion guide and resources for further reading.
For the first half of Ludwig’s picture book, a lonesome-looking boy appears rendered in gray and white. Even the teacher has no time for “invisible” Brian, as she is busy dealing with the noisy children in her class. Brian, with his big glasses and toothy smile, gets his hopes dashed when he isn’t picked for the kickball team. He finds solace in his drawings, where fire-breathing dragons scale tall buildings and superheroes have the power to make friends. When new student Justin arrives, Brian befriends him when the others don’t, and they become buddies and even add a third boy to become a trio. Now visible in glorious color, Brian and his new friends present a project to their newly appreciative classmates. The joyful last pages show Brian with the children playing happily in real and imaginary activities. Brian’s childlike drawings, done in ink and collage, are spot-on in representing the way children depict their imaginary world and their very real feelings. “Questions for Discussion” in the back matter provide guidelines for teachers and parents. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson
ovely lesson in the simple acts of friendship, especially recommended for the most popular kids in class." —
"This is a
simple yet heartfelt story.” —
School Library Journal, starred review
"Tender illustrations rendered in glowing hues capture Brian’s isolation deftly...
Accessible, reassuring and hopeful." —
"Ludwig and Barton understand classroom dynamics...They portray Brian’s situation as a matter of groupthink that can be rebooted through small steps. It’s a smart strategy, one that can be leveraged through the book’s
excellent discussion guide."
"Trudy Ludwig has given us the gift of another
empathic, poignant book for children that addresses the complex topic of peer relationships..
—Carrie Goldman, award-winning author of
BULLIED: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know about Ending the Cycle of Fear
TRUDY LUDWIG is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children''s books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including
My Secret Bully and
Confessions of a Former Bully. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and ConnectSafely.org, and has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy''s books have won the Mom''s Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, and the NAPPA Gold Medal, and also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. Visit her at trudyludwig.com.
PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her books include
Sweet Moon Baby written by Karen Henry Clark;
Mine! by Shutta Crum;
I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman and Rosie Sprout''s
Time to Shine by Allison Wortche—all available from Knopf.