LOCATION: LIVE ON ZOOM
To attend this virtual event, we request a contribution of $5 or more, or the purchase of Sometimes a Wall via Eventbrite. from Changing Hands Bookstore via Eventbrite. You'll receive the Zoom link by email within 24 hours of the event's start time.*
Join local author Dianne White and illustrator Barroux (zooming in from Paris!) for a special storytime and discussion (moderated by Elizabeth Saba) about their new picture book, Sometimes a Wall… Bonus! Each registration comes with free downloadable coloring pages, sent to attendees the day of the event.
ABOUT THE BOOK
An afternoon in the playground introduces different kinds of walls: a brick wall to draw on with chalk, a water wall, and a climbing wall. What follows is a playful yet profound exploration of the many ways walls can divide us or bring us together. When one child is excluded from a game, another builds a castle to leave him out. When the builder declares the castle MINE, other kids feel alienated--but the builder becomes lonely, too, when the others have fun without him. The book ends with the optimism of a new start: friendship, forgiveness, and imagination give the wall new meaning.
Told with short, simple lines of playful, rhyming text and loose line illustrations by internationally known artist Barroux, this book sparks questions with empathy, insight, and charm. It's a timely tool for inquiry-based and social-emotional learning, sharing the important message that walls can unite or divide, depending on the choices we make.
*Our Zoom events are password-protected with wait rooms enabled. The password is entered automatically by clicking the event link when logged in to a Zoom account. We'll admit guests shortly before 10am and throughout the event. If you join late, please be patient—we'll admit you when we see you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Previously an elementary school teacher, DIANNE WHITE has a master's degree in Language and Literacy, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now writes full time, and lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
BARROUX lives in Paris, France, and has studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture. His work has been published in The New York Times
and The Washington Post
. He believes that the world needs fewer walls and more trees.