Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Bullying has unfortunately become an epidemic in the United States, so much so that an awareness month has been set aside to address the problem. In recognition of the effort to end bullying, this month’s book review is of the picture book Lila and the Crow.
In this book, Lila is a Native American child who will be attending a new elementary school, and she’s excited about making new friends. However when the day comes, she isn’t greeted by her classmates as friendly as she had hoped to be. When Nathan, one of her new classmates begins teasing her about her dark skin and dark hair, her excitement for her new school is cut short. Nathan taunts Lila relentlessly, and unfortunately gets his classmates to follow in his bullying of Lila.
At first Lila feels ashamed, and in the following days comes to school wearing a hat throughout the day to hide her hair. Days later, after what seems like a supernatural occurrence with a crow that has been following her home, Lila embraces her dark features, and discovers a way to show the beauty of her differences in a stunning display on the day of the annual school harvest festival.
This beautiful and heartfelt story with themes of courage, self-esteem and resilience is a perfect read for children who may be experiencing bullying in school, on the playground or even bullying from a family member. The book gives children a brave and original example of conflict resolution, and shows that a positive response to adversity can bring beautiful results. Lila and the Crow also addresses one very important lesson – that one’s culture – no matter what it may be, is to be celebrated, not ridiculed.
Lila and the Crow
Author/illustrator: Gabrielle Grimard
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