Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Trudy Ludwig
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Brian feels invisible. His teacher doesn't notice him and other children ignore him. One day a new boy moves into the school and is bullied. Brian sees this, steps up to welcome him, and receives kindness in return. Soon Brian has a new use for his talents and guess what, he's not invisible any more!
Teaching children to be kind can never begin too early. Brian is faded and colorless in the early pages when the reader experiences his loneliness and feeling of insignificance. As the story progresses he becomes steadily more solid and colorful. One of the best messages in the story is that Brian, despite feeling invisible, does not leave another child to feel the same way. He steps out of his quiet to leave a note of encouragement for another child. This story has many openings for adults and children to discuss what it feels like to be alone, what it feels like to help others and how important it is to be kind. Empathy is an important part of humanity and this is a profoundly important message for all children to understand.