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I Walk with Vanessa

This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.
Age Groups: Big Kids, Little Kids
Skills: Upstanding
Author: Kerascoët

Discussion Questions

  • What is a bystander?
  • What is an upstander?
  • What happens in the story?
  • What happens after someone stands up for Vanessa?
  • What would you do if you noticed bullying happening at the playground or in school?


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