I Am One
Susan Verde, Author
Peter H. Reynolds, Illustrator
Abrams, Fiction, Sep. 15, 2020
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Themes: Making a difference, Change, Purpose, Mindfulness
Opening: “How do I make a difference? It seems like a tall order for one so small. But beautiful things start with just One.”
Book Jacket Synopsis:
One seed to start a garden, one note to start a melody, one brick to start breaking down walls: Every movement and moment of change starts with purpose, with intention, with one. With me. With you.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Human, and I Am Love comes a powerful call to action, encouraging each reader to raise their voice, extend a hand, and take that one first step to start something beautiful and move toward a better world.
Why I like this book:
Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds have collaborated on one of my favorite book themes for young readers: children making a difference in their schools, communities and world. But HOW do kids begin? With One step to start a journey…to break down walls…to to start a friendship…to take action…to build a brick pathway that will make a difference and lead to change. Just one small act of kindness can move mountains for someone. Verde’s straightforward prose is a call to action and kids will really “GET” the message in this book. I Am One is timely book for the important times we live in. Teachers will welcome this treasure in their classrooms because it will lead to many positive discussions and opportunities to create change.
Reynolds’s signature illustrations are lively, playful and joyful in this special call to youth activists. He dedicated I Am One to Greta Thunberg, who showed the world the power of ONE young person. Follow Verde and Reynolds online at their websites.
Resources: There is an Author’s Note in the back of the book. Verde includes a mindfulness meditation and self-reflection activity to help readers get started, She says that when “we feel something isn’t okay in our world, we need to be present and access the problem-solving, creative, compassionate parts of our brains.” It helps us to respond with kindness, rather than react with anger. Then ask yourself questions about what you may feel needs changing. What will be your first step?
Susan Verde is the bestselling author of I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Human, I Am Love, and The Museum, all illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. She teaches yoga and mindfulness to children and lives with her three children in East Hampton, New York.
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*Reviewed from a library copy.