Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration
Watch Me: A Story of Immigration and Inspiration
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Annotation: Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail. In telling the story of how his father came to America, Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.
Catalog Number: #221581
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Cepeda, Joe,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-26651-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8560-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-26651-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8560-0
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this "American dream" story, a heartfelt tribute to his father, Richards directly calls upon readers to recognize the similarities they may have with young Joe, a boy from Sierra Leone who had big dreams and the will to fulfill them despite many obstacles. The spare prose includes the refrain, "Perhaps like you," keeping this message at the forefront as Joe leaves home and comes to the U.S. on his own. Homesick and facing discrimination, he kept studying. Richards urges readers to look around and notice how people treat one another and to pay attention to the nuances, which are captured in Cepeda's evocative illustrations of facial expressions and clever composition. Bold, fresh, and contemporary, the images carry the emotional weight of the deceptively simple narrative. Together, the words and art attain a perfect balance, resulting in a story that honors Dr. Joe and declares unequivocally that there is room for everyone's dreams here is enough for everyone."
Publishers Weekly
In an inviting, conversational tone, Richards introduces Joe, who is from Sierra Leone and wants to study in America. Family and friends warn Joe that he will be derided for his dark skin and West African accent. But Joe isn-t fazed, and Richards employs the refrain -watch me- as Joe considers returning home in the face of white Americans- contempt-but decides to tough it out, and succeeds. Employing a compelling narrative voice (-But Joe-s dreams didn-t hang out with -safe- and -easy- -), Richards directs readers to recognize similarities they may share with Joe (who -had goals and dreams, like you-), and, regardless of readers- citizenship, to open their eyes to immigrants (-They come by plane. Perhaps like you./ They come by boat. Maybe you did, too./ Watch them. See them-). The narrative-s affect deepens when the unnamed narrator reveals his relationship to Joe. Cepeda-s scumbled sunlit paintings, created with oil over acrylic on board, emphasize warmth and openness. A personal story with universal impact. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Doyin's retelling of her father's journey from his African home to America is such an important piece of work in the current world. The book shows children what it is like having lived in a foreign country and converting to a new life. So many people, even teachers, doubted her father Joe, but he still succeeded and became a doctor. When faced with challenges, he concluded by saying "Watch me." He did not give up, nor did he back down. Wordless pages in-between the text pages show images like the picnic and changing colors of a city park. The visuals will be helpful and inspiring to young children. Some of the text rhymes and makes it easy for children to follow along. VERDICT A recommended immigration story. The message for children is not to give up, even when everyone else has.Amy Lukich, Tinley Park P.L., IL
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Starred Review for Publishers Weekly (12/1/20)
ALA Booklist (12/1/20)
School Library Journal (3/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A picture book about immigration, Watch Me is based on the author's father's own story. Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail. In telling the story of how his father came to America, Doyin Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.


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