Published by Random House Studio
Summary: Recess begins with different groups of kids doing different things: running, stomping in puddles, and hanging out with friends. One boy pulls out his artwork and displays it for his friends. Alex is bouncing a basketball around the playground, teasing other kids who are trying to get it away from him. When he throws it, it bounces on the bench where the art is set up, sending the papers into a nearby puddle. The artist is sad, and his friends take his side, ostracizing Alex. This continues until the next recess, when Alex tentatively smiles and waves at the boy, who walks over to him. The two of them talk, then shake hands, and everyone joins in a friendly game of basketball. The next day, Alex greets his new friend and gives him a drawing of the boy dunking the basketball while Alex cheers him on. Includes a page with tips for handling similar misunderstandings for kids who have hurt someone, kids who have been hurt, and adults who are helping them. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: The creators of I Walk With Vanessa (look for Vanessa and her friend in the illustrations) have produced another wordless masterpiece perfect for SEL education. Kids will enjoy figuring out what’s going on in the story, and the backmatter makes it a useful tool for parents and educators.
Cons: The title is kind of didactic.