When read forward and backwards, this clever and thought-provoking flip-it story demonstrates that there’s more than one way to think about someone who might seem “different” at first glance.
Itisn’t easy to say hi to someone new, isit?
Told from the perspective of a student, The New Kid Welcome (or Welcome the New Kid when flipped) presents readers with two versions of what happens when a "new kid" joins the protagonist's school.
In the first half of the book, the student tells us that they don’t want to be nice to the new kid or welcome them into their group simply because they seem different. In the second half, the same lines of the story are placed in reverse order. When read this way, the student encourages us to say hello to someone new, saying they will share their table and snacks.
With a simple flip of the story, feelings of intolerance give way to those of inclusion and kindness. Precise, thoughtful text and inclusive illustrations combine to create a perfect tool for promoting acceptance and a kinder world.
Itis easy to say hi to someone new, isn’tit?
About the Author
SUZANNE SLADE is the award-winning author of more than 100 children's books, an adoptive mother, and a mechanical engineer who worked on rockets.
NICOLE MILES is an American illustrator from The Bahamas currently living in West Yorkshire (UK) with her pet snake and human boyfriend. Her favourite forms of procrasti-workings are bettering her hand-lettering, making animated gifs, chronicling silly life moments or informative sustainability tips in comic form, experimenting with film photography or sewing new garments for herself. But she also dedicates a lot of time to improving her second language (French), reading and, recently, going on forest walks.