A Girl Named October (Hardcover)

By Zakieh A. Mohammed, Andrea Tripke (Illustrator)

Ripple Grove Press, 9780999024959, 36pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
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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 concrete action that reveals how everything we do affects everyone around us. Lighthearted in its approach, but powerful in its message, this book tells a story that will spur conversations with children and adults alike.

About the Author

Zakieh A. Mohammed is an award-winning teacher who has always felt fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational stories found along the boulevards of Chicago, the hills of Pennsylvania, and the villages of the Middle East. She lives in Chicago. Andrea Tripke is a German-born illustrator. In 2003, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream in the arts. She lives in Melbourne, Florida.

Praise For A Girl Named October

"Mohammed and Tripke’s engaging debut book invites a conscious and compassionate interaction with people and the environment around us while celebrating the poetry of everyday life." —Kirkus Reviews

"Lighthearted in its approach, but powerful in its message, A Girl Named October deftly tells an engaging and entertaining story that will spur conversations with children ages 5-7 and is very highly recommended, especially for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers." —James Cox, Midwest Book Review

STARRED REVIEW - "As October touches the world in her own unique way, children will learn to recognize the value and connectivity of everything around them." —Pallas Gates McCorquodale, Foreword Reviews