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Can I Sit with You?

By Sarah Jacoby
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The story of a girl and a dog who discover how life transforms and expands with someone by your side. With lyrical text and stunning illustrations, this empathy read illustrates the power of friendship in the face of change. Can I Si...
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★"This sweet, lovely tale should spark thoughtful conversations about friendship and empathy between children and adults. Pastel and watercolor illustrations brim with color and emotion, mirroring the protagonists’ light and occasional somber feelings with every page turn. Young readers will want to sit with this pair. They’re made for each other."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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The story of a girl and a dog who discover how life transforms and expands with someone by your side.

With lyrical text and stunning illustrations, this empathy read illustrates the power of friendship in the face of change. Can I Sit with You? takes readers along one loyal dog's journey with the girl he's meant to be with, no matter how far she roams. This timeless picture book illustrates the importance of companionship and loyalty, and how engaging with others makes the world embrace you in return.

  • From beloved author-illustrator Sarah Jacoby
  • Full of playful, incredibly emotive illustrations
  • Celebrates the importance of connection and unconditional love

Readers young and old will enjoy this moving story about the unbreakable bond between a girl and a dog.

  • Children's books for kids ages 5-8
  • Perfect for animal lovers  
  • Great empathy read
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 44
Size: 11 x 9 1/2 H
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years
Publication Date: 03/09/2021
ISBN: 9781452164649
Sarah Jacoby is the author of the beloved Forever or a Day and the illustrator of the acclaimed Rabbit and the Motorbike and The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown. She's won awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Communication Arts, among others. She lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her family and the dog this book is dedicated to, Walt.

★"This sweet, lovely tale should spark thoughtful conversations about friendship and empathy between children and adults. Pastel and watercolor illustrations brim with color and emotion, mirroring the protagonists’ light and occasional somber feelings with every page turn. Young readers will want to sit with this pair. They’re made for each other."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Watercolor and pastel artwork by Jacoby (Rabbit and the Motorbike) offers shifting, shimmering fields of color. Even the dog understands the emotional impact of the hues: 'when you need a deep blue dark—/ Can I sit with you?' it says, planted by her side on a Prussian blue winter night. . . . [The dog is] a saintly, patient presence in this portrait of pure-hearted canine love."
—Publishers Weekly