The small yet significant feelings of individuals come together to create lasting change.
- Book Intro
Illustrated by the BolognaRagazzi-winning illustrator Yael Frankel and written by We Haejun, winner of the 12th Woongjin Junior Literature Award, this book has been selected for a 2023 Excellent Publication Content Production grant. It tells the story of the power of us when we work together.
We see a person being rejected and ignored by her peers. Everyone turns their back on her except for one person who remains by her side. He looks into her eyes, stands with her, and takes her hand. A small branch that peeks out from his bag reaches out to the lonely girl until it bears colorful, delicious fruit. The branches continue to grow and spread, letting more people know of these small yet precious feelings. One by one, more and more people gather around the two. The girl is no longer lonely. She grows into a considerate person who knows how to stand with others.
The writing, reminiscent of poetry, repeatedly mentions the phrase "one person." This person can be someone who is rejected and discriminated against, or someone doing the discriminating. It could be someone who ignores the situation and chooses to look the other way or someone who decides to lend a helping hand. We Haejun has given dimensionality to the words "one person" to hint at the possibility that each and every one of us can be that "one person." Exclusion is both a personal and a social problem, which the author confronts head-on with this book. As such, we readers are forced to realize that we too are "one person" and that we must think about what it means to engage in true solidarity.
- About the Author
(English) We Haejun studied philosophy, sociology, and creative writing while at university. He writes and creates books that appeal to young and old readers alike. We have received the Woongjin Junior Literature Award and a grant from the Seoul Culture Foundation. His publications include "A Child Everyone Wants."
(English) Yael Frankel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her use of collage has the effect of immediately underscoring a book's themes. "A Simple Vista," was chosen for selection in White Ravens in 2015. Frankel was selected as Illustrator of the Year at the Bologna International Children's Book Fair in 2016 and 2017. For "Elevator," she received the 2019 Sharjah International Children's Book Fair award in the genre of illustration, and the grand prize at the Moscow International Book Fair in the picture book category. In 2022, she received the Ragazzi Honor Award in the nonfiction category for "¿Que tiene un bosque?" at the Bologna International Children's Book Fair, and the Ragazzi Fiction Award for "Todo lo que paso antes de que llegaras." Her publications include "Mommy Did It" and "Black and White."