I See You
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
I See You is a wordless picture book that depicts a homeless woman who is not seen by everyone around her — except for a little boy.
Over the course of a year, the boy is witness to all that she endures. Ultimately, in a gesture of compassion, the boy acknowledges her in an exchange in which he sees her and she experiences being seen.
This book opens the door for kids and parents to begin a conversation about homelessness.
In a "Note for Parents, Educators, and Neighbors," there are discussion questions and additional resources about helping the homeless.
Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his family in Marin County.
He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
He is the author of several picture books including: Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways (2016), So Many Smarts! (2017), Mac & Geeez! (2017), Cake & I Scream! (2017), and Peanut Butter & Jellyous (2017), all from Magination Press, as well as Yes We Are! (Little Pickle Press/Sourcebooks, 2018).
Joanne Lew-Vriethoff is a talented artist whose passion and love for storytelling is shown through her whimsical but heartfelt illustrations in picture and chapter books in both the Dutch and English language.
Joanne lives with her gorgeous husband and two wild, sensitive children, a girl and a boy. Together they discover the world by traveling, collecting memories and deriving inspiration for her art along the way. She currently lives in Amsterdam with her family.
- Gold medal, Mom's Choice Awards
Exceptional, unique, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and providing a thoroughly entertaining story with an underlying and positive message, I See You is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library social issue-themed picture book collections.
—Midwest Book Review
Michael Genhart's wordless picture book is about heart, compassion and connecting with others. It is the perfect medium to open the door for children and parents to begin a conversation about the many kinds of homelessness. It also encourages children to study the detailed illustrations a little more carefully and use their imaginations to tell the story. The boy is an inspiration and reminder of a child's untainted generosity. The emotion and candor captured by this story are beautifully brought to life in Joanne Lew-Vriethoff's heartfelt and vivid illustrations.
—Children's Books Heal