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You Hold Me Up

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  257 reviews
This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Orca Book Publishers
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Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
You hold me up is a book about kindness, sharing, standing together, respect and compassion. I loved the idea behind this and the illustrations were good too. The text is simple yet delivers a very important and powerful message. Author's note at the end really moved me and made me think that our history is full of violence and oppression (around the world). Some things have changed and others are in the process of changing but unless we hold each other up, things aren't going to change.

4 stars
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Absolutely beautiful book written in both English and Plains Cree. According to the author, the starting point was for "healing and Reconciliation" in response to the history of oppression of Indigenous people, particularly in regards to Residential Schools in Canada. The result is a project that embodies kindness, respect, and joy in relationships and communities with engaging, tender, pink-cheeked illustrations. ...more
La Coccinelle
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
I feel bad about not being able to give this book a higher rating. The intention with which it was written was good. The text and message are fine, laudable even. So what's the problem?

I really didn't like the pictures. The very first one looked to me like the woman was side-eyeing the reader, and that was kind of the feeling I had myself as I went through the rest of it. The illustrations are very basic, and look almost like they were done by a child. Everybody's skin is blotchy, to the point w
Beautiful book about empathy, community, solidarity, dignity and respect. The words on the main pages are short, simple, and profound, and there's also an author's note at the end about reconciliation, healing, and residential schools. The note seems more aimed at older kids and caregivers, whereas the main text could be read to very little ones. ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith is a lovely picture book that teaches children empathy, compassion, love and the importance of supporting one another. I've read this book twice so far and the second read was as sweet and heartwarming as my first time through. Danielle Daniel's illustrations are bright, colourful and happy. I loved that the principles outlined in this book are shown clearly relating to children's interactions with not only their peers, but also adults and family.

I particular
Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith. Illustrated by Danielle Daniel. Orca Book Publishers. This book and illustrations show how simple actions support family, friends, and people in our social circles and communities in healthy ways. Highly recommend for young children. Thanks to NetGalley and Vanita Books for providing this ebook for review.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful children's story provides Indigenous representation with a heartwarming message and vibrant images, which is particularly needed towards healing and reconciliation. ...more
Kristy K
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Read with my friend's daughter, Ava (4 1/2).

Ava's review: I thought it was too short, but I liked the pictures.

I agree with her. Cute story about loving each other, but really short.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, kids
It was okay. It's a book on empathy & solidarity for kids. A lot of pictures and few lines of text. So suitable for very young kids who are just getting to learn new words. The intent of the book is good but I didn't get a wow feeling about either the illustrations or the content and hence the 2-star rating. ...more
Kate Olson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful picture book about supporting those around us. I plan to read it aloud to my 4K classes.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, childrens
You Hold Me Up was a lovely book showing the love and respect between a First Nations community across generations. The message about dignity and caring for others is an important one to share with young readers, and was especially meaningful coming from an #ownvoices author. The illustrations were bright and eye-catching with a cherry-cheeked motif throughout. Recommended for both the message it imparts, as well as the welcome diversity.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another Canadian import that I was super impressed with. The story is great for "how full is your bucket?" fans. It's also great to teach acts of kindness to readers who may be overwhelmed by all the bad news out in the world or are inspired by Wonder's message to choose kind!

The author's note discusses a deeper intention of why this book was written- the mistreatment of Canada's indigenous people through its implantation of residential schools.
Rogene Carter
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
An excellent book to teach young children about cooperation, friendship, and community.
Kaethe Douglas
#10 in 365 Kids Books challenge and bid to get back on the Top 100 Readers list for full explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia

This is proving to be not just fun, which I anticipated, but also a good stretch. My local libraries hold collection which are in part formed by people at least somewhat like me for a community at least somewhat like me. The pandemic has curtailed in-person browsing, and with adult children I don't follow picture book reviews as I once did.

Amie's Book Reviews
Feb 27, 2021 marked it as to-read
YOU HOLD ME UP is a beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated children's book

Learning empathy is important for all children and even parents can learn (or at least, be reminded) that parents need to have empathy for others as wekl.

This book was easy to rate. It deserves every one of the 5 out of 5 Stars that I am awarding to it.

Highly recommended!!!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-amerika, e
Great ownvoices picture book. Brief text facing simple illustrations of different scenes.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Such a beautiful book.
(100 books)
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about showing support and how important support and acceptance are for an individual.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet book.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The four words : You hold me up ring throughout this picture book, highlighting the importance of family, trust, friendship and love.

Written by two Canadian authors, this story highlights the damage done by the government to indigenous children in the past and at times, now.

A pertinent issue for many countries around the world, and as an Australian, something we need to do more about.  

Children being taken from their families, never to see them again was something that happened all too often and
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Important book for discussion and healing. Lovely. Can't wait until it's a board book. ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of bringing awareness to the injustice brought to indigenous people in Canada. This book serves as a platform from which to launch discussions with children about history.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A quiet story of support and love, within families and among friends.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very simple. The theme is kindness together, kindness to others. I love the illustrations.
Ann Santori
Very simple picture book written in "the spirit of reconciliation" for wrongs done to indigenous families in Canada. None of these policies/politics are explored explicitly here . . . rather, the reader just is treated to a lovely list of ways we "hold (each other) up" by the kindnesses we share. Diversity in illustrations is much appreciated. ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book describes the ways in which humans can support each other. Text points out that the simplest choices have powerful positive messages. And the pictures convey the same ideas. For example: "When you share with me" is the text and the picture shows one person handing an apple to another. Very lovely! ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Simple text, in both Plains Cree and English, with a wonderful message of empathy, understanding, and community. I just could not get into the art, though. I did love the color palette used, but the actual art was not great to me.
Amanda Geske
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“You hold me up when you respect me.”
Emily Carlyn
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved how sweet and simple this story is. Perfect for families.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, scribd
I find this book is really short even when the illustration is really cute.
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