First, they went for after Jamal.
But I’m not black –
so I didn’t stand up for him.
This anti-bullying book geared towards children aged kindergarten to grade six, takes its inspiration from an anti-Nazi poem originally written by a German minister who stood up against Hitler. This author looks at what it means when we do not stand up for people of different race, social status, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender, religion, disabilities, or appearance by being complacent. It invites older readers to examine their behaviours from the past as well as inspire young readers to be inclusive in their acceptance of others with differences. This poem ends positively with the power of community coming together to counter bullying.
The author’s note at the end of the book explains how the original poem I Didn’t Stand Up inspired this book’s author to learn about the origin of the original poem, the poet and inspiration for creating her own updated poem in storybook format about bullying. The simple large illustrations, with yellowed pages, except for the character being highlighted, is reminiscent of old yellowed photographs.
Highly recommended for : Grades K-6 for Alberta’s Social Studies: Belonging and Uniqueness, as well as Character Education: Compassion/Accepting Differences. It may also be used as part of a Poetry unit.