Nan Forler, illustrated by François Thisdale
Bullying and the ability to rise above it are at the heart of this strikingly beautiful picture book. All school-aged children have either bullied, been bullied or witnessed bullying and, all too often, they feel powerless to stop what has been set in motion.
Such is not the case with Eliza. Her mother has given her "wings to fly" and the ability to see all the possibilities that lie before her. So when bullies pick on the new student, Lainey, gradually robbing her of her smile and ability to paint beautiful pictures, Eliza wants to help, and she does, by finding a way to show Lainey all that she can be. Then in the schoolyard, Eliza stands up to the bullies. One by one, the other children add their voices and soon the bullies have skulked away.
Lyrical and eloquent yet realistic and down to earth, Nan Forler's text is complemented beautifully with François Thisdale's haunting images. This is a book for every child, every classroom, and every library. (From Tundra Books)