Come With Me
When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do—her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own—walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world.
In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.
By taking her out into the world, they're winning a battle of their own and showing courage. The little girl is biracial and is a good representation of how many are feeling with the craziness going on. But everyone has a special part in the world, no matter their race or gender.
COME WITH ME teaches that it's important to be kind, gentle, brave, and strong. It also teaches about friendship and that we shouldn't judge each other. Everyone has a place in the world and we just have to have the courage to live it together, one step at a time.
Final Verdict: I recommend this to every child out there. It is important to teach our children that everyone is different, but it's okay. It's nothing to be afraid of. This was a powerful story for today's society.