First they went after Jalal.But I'm not black -So I didn't stand up for him.Then they went after Mariana.I was born in this country -So I didn't stand up for her.A picture book inspired by the iconic
First they went after Jalal.
But I'm not black -So I didn't stand up for him.
Then they went after Mariana.
I was born in this country -
So I didn't stand up for her.
A picture book inspired by the iconic poem First they came for Socialists written by Martin Niemoller in opposition to the oppressive Nazi regime, I Didn't Stand Up looks at common circumstances of oppression that children encounter through the eyes of the bystander - until he or she becomes the victim.
Includes a history of Niemoller's poem and associated backmatter.
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LM Falcone was a serious couch potato growing up and loved watching television. She moved to Los Angeles and wrote for such television series as 'The Littlest Hobo', 'The New Monkees', and Nickelodeon's hugely popular 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?'. She also started a production company, Northwind Productions, and produced a situation comedy pilot titled 'Choir Practice' starring Susan Anton and Elaina Reed Hall.
After 10 years in LA, Lucy returned to Canada and turned her hand to writing middle-grade supernatural thrillers. She also created a comedic, early-reader kid-detective series The Ghost and Max Monroe.
I Didn't Stand Up is her first published picture book, inspired by the poem First They Came. . . by Martin Niemoller.
Visit Lucy's web site at www.lmfalcone.com
Children's illustratorJacqueline Hudon grew up in the tiny village of Zenon Park, Saskatchewan, but now lives in Calgary. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Today's Parent and Skipping Stones.
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"The text is minimal but says so much about how little it takes for a bully to select a victim and for bystanders to do nothing. Lucy Falcone wallops the reader with the intensity of each situation, seemingly innocuous but always devastating to the victim. The weighting is in Jacqueline Hudon's illustrations, depicting large-eyed victims of bullies who harm with words and actions."
— CanLit for LittleCanadians
"I Didn't Stand Up is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library Social Issues picture book collections for young readers ages 6-9."
— Midwest Book Review
"This book about bullying. It's a call to recognize ourselves in all people and use the power of collective action to make a change. Beautifully illustrated, all kids will see themselves and arbitrary cruelty of bullying.""
— Read. Learn. Repeat.
"Based on the well-known poem First They Came, this is an excellent lesson for young kids to start working out. During the book we see that the group of kids that do stand up for the person being teased grows as they each experience it. After the story, there is some great information included about bullying in schools."
— Kiss the Book blog
"Beautifully illustrated, kids will see themselves as well as the arbitrary cruelty of bullying."
— City Parent