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We Will Join You" is a children's book that tells the story of a school formerly exclusive to cheetahs, now welcoming animals of all types. The cheetahs, being the fastest creatures in the forest, have always taken the lead. However, they soon discover that true friendship and joy come from understanding and embracing the uniqueness of others.

 

​ In this diverse school, we meet a delightful cast of characters. There's Owl, who is too worried to try new things. Panda tries, but their efforts often go unnoticed by their classmates. Squirrel, who moves so quickly that it's hard for others to keep up with him, and Beaver, who enjoys his daily routine.

 

One day during recess, Recess Raccoon notices that the cheetahs have claimed the best spot in the forest for themselves. Realizing that this creates an unfair divide, she decides to teach the cheetahs an important lesson about inclusion and allyship. She encourages them to understand that the other animals also want to play and have fun but express themselves in different ways.

 

The cheetahs agree to join the other animals in their games and activities. The cheetahs develop a newfound understanding and respect for their classmates.

 

"We Will Join You" is a tale that teaches children the values of empathy, understanding, and embracing diversity. It encourages young readers to appreciate others' unique qualities, communicate effectively, and work together to create a harmonious and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

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Publisher: Empowering Ink
Author: Jayme Branagh
Illustrator: Kateryna Vovnenko
ISBN: 9781961415003
Size (H x W): 8x10
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Cover Type: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Language: English
Intended Age Range: 4-12
Date Published: 2023-09-05

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We Will Join You" is a children's book that tells the story of a school formerly exclusive to cheetahs, now welcoming animals of all types. The cheetahs, being the fastest creatures in the forest, have always taken the lead. However, they soon discover that true friendship and joy come from understanding and embracing the uniqueness of others.

 

​ In this diverse school, we meet a delightful cast of characters. There's Owl, who is too worried to try new things. Panda tries, but their efforts often go unnoticed by their classmates. Squirrel, who moves so quickly that it's hard for others to keep up with him, and Beaver, who enjoys his daily routine.

 

One day during recess, Recess Raccoon notices that the cheetahs have claimed the best spot in the forest for themselves. Realizing that this creates an unfair divide, she decides to teach the cheetahs an important lesson about inclusion and allyship. She encourages them to understand that the other animals also want to play and have fun but express themselves in different ways.

 

The cheetahs agree to join the other animals in their games and activities. The cheetahs develop a newfound understanding and respect for their classmates.

 

"We Will Join You" is a tale that teaches children the values of empathy, understanding, and embracing diversity. It encourages young readers to appreciate others' unique qualities, communicate effectively, and work together to create a harmonious and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

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In Branagh’s illustrated children’s book, when an elite cheetah school opens its doors to other animals, the newcomers have difficulty fitting in. Rory’s Cheetah School (“the school that every / parent dreams of sending their children to. / Animal parents move from jungles / and farmlands just to live in the school / neighborhood”) has recently enrolled a host of non-cheetah students. All are welcome, but the speedy cheetahs still run as a pack. The other animals feel excluded, including anxious Owl, nervously energetic Squirrel, outgoing but overlooked Panda, and noise-sensitive, routine-obsessed Beaver. As it turns out, the cheetahs’ pack mentality is more the product of inertia than malice; once they are made aware of the new students’ feelings, the cheetahs are quick to change their ways and make friends. They even take it upon themselves to modify the school song (“Cheetahs are strong. Cheetahs are brave. / Cheetahs are smart and get along!”) so that its lyrics are inclusive of all animals. Branagh and illustrator Vovnenko, who collaborated previously on Anxious Alyx is Strong (2024) and Owl’s Worries Will Not Win (2023), present a straightforward parable of societal change and multiculturalism. The text is unpretentious but occasionally exhibits a poetic flourish that adds to the sense of character: “I will never get home,” worried owl. “I will / never have time to eat my lunch… / Her worries whirled, swirled, and churned.” Vovnenko’s digital illustrations are vivid against pastel backgrounds—the textured hues of fur and feather are especially well-rendered. The animal protagonists have a slightly chunky, pasted-on feel that sits nicely with the grade-school setting. More cynical parents might take issue with the cheetahs’ elitism being due solely to misunderstanding, but if the book is taken as a portrayal of ideals (guiding children away from prejudice rather than inuring them to it) then there is little here to fault. Young readers will enjoy the lesson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jayme is a dedicated parent, elementary school counselor, child therapist, and counseling professor with extensive experience supporting children and their families through various emotional and behavioral challenges. Her expertise in this field has provided her with insights into effective educational and therapeutic approaches, allowing her to empower children to overcome obstacles and flourish. Jayme's role as a parent has given her a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of raising children and the intricacies of their development. As an elementary school counselor and therapist, she works closely with young students, addressing their social and emotional needs, providing guidance, and helping them navigate the early stages of their educational journey. Now also an author, Jayme continues to support and advocate for children's well-being through her writing. She believes in embracing and celebrating the things that make us unique and is passionate about teaching students, educators, and families how to make all students feel welcomed and included. Jayme is thrilled to share her insights and experiences through her children's stories, aiming to create a more inclusive and accepting environment for all.

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Publisher: Empowering Ink
Author: Jayme Branagh
Illustrator: Kateryna Vovnenko
ISBN: 9781961415003
Size (H x W): 8x10
Weight: 12.8 ounces
Cover Type: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Language: English
Date Published: 2023-09-05

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

In Branagh’s illustrated children’s book, when an elite cheetah school opens its doors to other animals, the newcomers have difficulty fitting in. Rory’s Cheetah School (“the school that every / parent dreams of sending their children to. / Animal parents move from jungles / and farmlands just to live in the school / neighborhood”) has recently enrolled a host of non-cheetah students. All are welcome, but the speedy cheetahs still run as a pack. The other animals feel excluded, including anxious Owl, nervously energetic Squirrel, outgoing but overlooked Panda, and noise-sensitive, routine-obsessed Beaver. As it turns out, the cheetahs’ pack mentality is more the product of inertia than malice; once they are made aware of the new students’ feelings, the cheetahs are quick to change their ways and make friends. They even take it upon themselves to modify the school song (“Cheetahs are strong. Cheetahs are brave. / Cheetahs are smart and get along!”) so that its lyrics are inclusive of all animals. Branagh and illustrator Vovnenko, who collaborated previously on Anxious Alyx is Strong (2024) and Owl’s Worries Will Not Win (2023), present a straightforward parable of societal change and multiculturalism. The text is unpretentious but occasionally exhibits a poetic flourish that adds to the sense of character: “I will never get home,” worried owl. “I will / never have time to eat my lunch… / Her worries whirled, swirled, and churned.” Vovnenko’s digital illustrations are vivid against pastel backgrounds—the textured hues of fur and feather are especially well-rendered. The animal protagonists have a slightly chunky, pasted-on feel that sits nicely with the grade-school setting. More cynical parents might take issue with the cheetahs’ elitism being due solely to misunderstanding, but if the book is taken as a portrayal of ideals (guiding children away from prejudice rather than inuring them to it) then there is little here to fault. Young readers will enjoy the lesson.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jayme is a dedicated parent, elementary school counselor, child therapist, and counseling professor with extensive experience supporting children and their families through various emotional and behavioral challenges. Her expertise in this field has provided her with insights into effective educational and therapeutic approaches, allowing her to empower children to overcome obstacles and flourish. Jayme's role as a parent has given her a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of raising children and the intricacies of their development. As an elementary school counselor and therapist, she works closely with young students, addressing their social and emotional needs, providing guidance, and helping them navigate the early stages of their educational journey. Now also an author, Jayme continues to support and advocate for children's well-being through her writing. She believes in embracing and celebrating the things that make us unique and is passionate about teaching students, educators, and families how to make all students feel welcomed and included. Jayme is thrilled to share her insights and experiences through her children's stories, aiming to create a more inclusive and accepting environment for all.

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