Willow Finds a Way by Lana ButtonWillow Finds a Way by Lana Button

Willow Finds a Way

byLana ButtonIllustratorTania Howells

Picture Books | March 1, 2013

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In this simple but substantial picture book by Lana Button, shy, quiet Willow silently wishes she could find a way to say no to her bossy classmate Kristabelle's demands, but the words never seem to come when she needs them. That is, until Kristabelle starts using the powerful threat of un-inviting children from her ?fantastic? birthday party to keep them in line, and Willow decides she's finally had enough. Surprising everyone, even herself, Willow steps up and bravely does something shocking, and it changes the entire dynamic of the classroom.
This child-friendly and relatable story about bullying is elegantly told with honesty and heart. The simple artwork by Tania Howells beautifully captures the subtleties of the story; the children are the main focus of the spare illustrations, allowing their body language and facial expressions to leap off the page and showcase exactly how they're feeling. This is a book that will have young children on the edge of their seats at storytime, deeply sympathetic to the dilemma faced by Willow and her classmates. What makes this book particularly helpful is that it presents a model for how any child, even a shy one like Willow, can find his or her own way to deal with a bossy or bullying classmate. It offers a pitch-perfect lesson on how to stand up for yourself, terrifically aligning with character education lessons on courage. The empowering message here also helps promote individual self-awareness, self-esteem and good decision making.
Lana Button works in early childhood education. Her writing has been published in Lady Bug magazine and Today's Parent. Willow's Whispers is Lana's first book for Kids Can Press.Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Will...
Title:Willow Finds a WayFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.38 × 9.38 × 0.38 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554538424

ISBN - 13:9781554538423


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Willow, in a league of her own! My 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter love this book, and want us to read it to them every single night. We fell in love with Willow from "Willow's Whispers", and "Willow Finds a Way" is a knock out as well. This book has so many important messages for both quieter, impressionable kids, as well as for stronger willed kids who may be "bullying" without even realizing it. I don't think any young children intend to bully, and this book can certainly help with the dialogue at home about how to treat others. My daughter who suffers from anxiety, as well as selective mutism, can identify with Willow, and reading about someone just like her, has helped her in so many ways. She loves that in this story, Willow becomes a leader without having to say a single word. My Son, who is a stronger willed child, and less gentle, loves this book as well, and I'm happy to be able to use it as a tool to teach him how to treat his friends at pre-school. I would recommend this book to everyone, and will be giving it out as gifts.
Date published: 2014-03-16