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Lila and the Crow Hardcover – Picture Book, October 11, 2016
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“A painful story of exclusion and bullying, tinged with magic.”(Publishers Weekly, 12/01/16)
“The mixed-media paintings are emotive and appealing.”(School Library Journal)
“Lila is a meaningful example of a girl who finds strength in her differences.”(Quill & Quire)
“One of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books I’ve ever seen. The landscapes and scenes are full of a sense of place and Lila’s emotions are easy to feel through the illustrations.”(The Metropolitan Field Guide, 05/26/17)
“An engaging narrative.”(CM Reviews, 03/17/17)
“The images created in watercolor by Gabrielle Grimard are perfectly in keeping with the story told.”(Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/17/17)
“A very powerful story to share with children who are learning to accept themselves and others.”(Resource Links, 02/01/17)
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Lila is a new student at school. She's fairly young, but not so young that she doesn't run into bullies. One in particular makes her so ashamed of the way that she looks that she comes to school each day hiding another facet of herself: her hair, her eyes, her skin. To be taken down that harshly so quickly is sad.
She does eventually learn to love herself in spite of this bully's cruel words with the help of a crow that lives nearby and refuses to leave her alone, even when she's at her lowest.
What made me sad thinking back on this story was that while yes, it is a good story about learning to love yourself, no human helps Lila. No teacher or adult notices what she goes through. The bully probably won't change in the end, though at the school's festival he doesn't say anything about her fantastic crow costume. It's a reflective story of what often happens to children that get bullied. A lot of adults don't notice and while some, like Lila, might be able to find their way, a lot won't. It's important to keep an eye out and notice things. You just don't know what will happen if you don't.
The images are BEAUTIFUL. I wish more space had been made available for them, as they come across understated being only 2x3.5" or so on my Kindle. I imagine they won't be sufficiently larger in the print version to give them the kind of display they merit. These illustrations are wonderfully paired to the unfolding story told in the book, that of Lila, a girl of 10 years or so, who just moved to a new school.
She begins to be bullied from her first day, by being compared to a crow. Then toward the end of the book, she has a suddenly-introduced perfect opportunity to take this bullying and turn it around on the bully, apparently to great success.
My rating would be higher if the wrap-up didn't feel so contrived here. I also must take issue--as a mom of a 5 year old--with the absence of any adult involvement (or even their EXISTENCE!) in the story.
My son is taught at school to tell a grownup if there is a problem. I would hope above all else that he would tell ME, if no one else. Although it is encouraging and liberating to see Lila, the MC in this story, resolve her issues in the end, she did so with the aid of a crow; the bird whispered an idea to Lila, one that led to her sudden liberation from bullying. I wish that--having made the choice to not encourage involving an adult in the book--the author had drawn out the story's conclusion a little longer, to keep the story's natural feel; the contrived and sudden ending hurts the rhythm of the story.
But even more so, I wish Lila had come up with her own epiphany, perhaps sparked by her daily sightings of the crow. Then we'd have a book about bullying where the MC employed HER OWN wit and imagination, along with her surroundings, to put a stop to being a victim. Instead, we have a magical and unrealistic resolution, one that is set inside a book written for children who are long past their "magical thinking" stage. So I have to conclude that although a book like this may help a bullied child hold their head up a little higher for a few moments--assuming the bullying is VERY minor--it does NOT offer any realistic solutions.
BUT! But, maybe it might allow a conversation about the bullying to begin. Assuming, of course, that this book is found by the bullied child and/or their friend, and that the victim then shares the book with their caretaker. That's A LOT of IFs and ASSUMING THAT. It may also be used as a tool to open children's eyes to the presence of bullying, and help start THAT conversation. However, the book would gain much wider appeal, I feel, had the resolution been kept tied to reality.
My thanks to the author and Annick Press Ltd. for the review eARC of this book.
RECOMMENDED FOR SCHOOL CLASSROOMS AND LIBRARIES ABOVE ALL ELSE. LIBRARIES IN GENERAL, AS WELL AS EDUCATORS, SHOULD ALSO HAVE A COPY OF THIS AND SEVERAL OTHER TYPES OF BOOKS ABOUT BULLYING FOR A VARIETY OF AGE GROUPS, AND WITH MANY DIFFERENT RESPONSES TO BULLYING DESCRIBED IN SAID BOOK COLLECTION.