A lyrical and timely story about a little girl who learns the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.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.
Holly M. McGhee is the author of the middle-grade novel,?Matylda, Bright & Tender. She has also written picture books and a chapter-book series under the pen name Hallie Durand, including?Mitchell's License?and?Mitchell Goes Bowling.?A literary agent too, she lives with her family in Maplewood, New Jersey. You can visit her at?hollymcghee.com.Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of several books for children, including?Do Not Open This Book!?and the?New York Times?bestseller?Who's Got Game??His wife is the dancer-choreographer Emmanuele Phuon and their daughter, Maelle, walks their dog, Doodle . . . ?sometimes. You can visit him at pascallemaitre.com.