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A Girl Named October

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Can empathy be taught? The importance of empathy and its impact are explored in A Girl Named October. The title character, October, is ever present as the narrator navigates a life without realizing how even the smallest memories, interactions, and expressions can impact a very large, and often imposing, world. Touching the world is no longer an abstract idea, but a concre ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Ripple Grove Press
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story and beautifully illustrated.
Dawn Hill
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book A Girl Named October. My youngest daughter was born in October and she just loved the fact that she could identify with the word October and felt like the book was about her. She is 4. My 6 year old daughter loved trying to read the book and identified with the illustrations which were absolutely brilliant and beautiful. As a parent with beginning readers, pictures speak a thousand words. This was a fun book to read to my girls and we thoroughly enjoyed what the book was about. I ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the illustrations, but the story was a little too stretched out for my taste. The repeating line, "I did not know how to answer, so I said nothing," got annoying after a while. I certainly loved the October character and her positive look at the world, but I'm not sure how this is a book about empathy. Being mindful and observant would be a better description of the message. This is a book that confuses me. I see how beautiful it is. The language is lush. But I am left feeling frustrated ...more
Anett Gardner
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book on so many levels. Believe that it will speak to young and older readers. The illustrations are a joy to behold and there is a lot of details that will only be understood if read a couple of times. Like the fact that the little girl is surrounded by color more and the older teenager by grey, symbolizing the hardness of heart that comes with age. We are living in a sinful world and this illustrates it beautifully. There is only ONE that can give us hope!!!
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful story about October a young girl or the month, either is possible. An older girl asking questions is answered but has nothing to share herself. October is wise, wonder-filled and embracing life, the other girl is questioning life and more morose. The younger girl seems to be open to new possibilities and life and the older is closed off until the end. A book to read and talk about with children or a child and listen to a child's p.o.v. ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
There are so many ways to touch the world.
Do you know how far you can reach?
You can see farther the more you read.
You can keep things- treasures, experiences- inside you without something tangible to hold.
You speak loudly when you say nothing at all.
Take the time to enjoy the world.
Clare D
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-reading
What a beautiful book! I loved the text, illustrations and message! A great way to share the beauty of life with those children who need to feel thankful, and adults who feel disillusioned. A wonderful reminder of the beauty in the world and children around us! This will go on my grade school library wish list!
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The summary of the book talks of empathy. I didn't necessarily get that theme from the book. But it is very beautiful, and if read aloud (in a certain way), the softness and message can be felt in the heart. ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My children really loved this book. It was a great moral story for my children to read and relate to. Definitely, recommend for children.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Cute, but also a bit to prose-y for its intended audience.
Miss Ryoko
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful, touching story. Very well written with some amazing illustrations.
Kelly Veatch
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet book! I love the illustrations.
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