Lean on Me: A Children's Picture Book

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$16.95  $15.76
Akashic Books, Ltd.
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8.35 X 8.5 X 0.39 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author
Bill Withers (1938-2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is known for such hit songs as "Ain't No Sunshine," "Grandma's Hands," "Use Me," "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day," "Just the Two of Us," and more. He received numerous awards in his lifetime, including three Grammy Awards. Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Rachel Moss is an illustrator in love with the bright colors and vibrant energy of the Caribbean. She was born in Jamaica and studied animation in England at the University for the Creative Arts. Moss now lives in Jamaica where she spends her days illustrating children's books such as Respect with song lyrics by Otis Redding, These Boots Are Made for Walkin' with song lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, African with song lyrics by Peter Tosh, I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Abigail's Glorious Hair, and Milo & Myra Learn Manners with Mr. Mongoose.

Lean on Me is a touching and charming picture book that encourages children to value and cherish their friendships. With its timeless message and the magical combination of Bill Withers's lyrics and Rachel Moss's illustrations, this book is sure to captivate young hearts and inspire conversations about the importance of being there for one another.
-- "Phantom Paragrapher"
Singer/songwriter Withers' encouraging lyrics form the text of this upbeat picture book . . . The late musician's supportive song, released in 1972, is the backdrop to a story about a quartet of racially diverse young friends sharing various life experiences. The kids explore the outdoors, go camping, and share life events--some happy, some less so--occasionally with parents. The book makes clear that supportive friendship, or "leaning on," is mutual:

"Lean on me
When you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on...
For it won't be long
Till I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on."

It's clear everyone needs help now and then and that it isn't a sign of weakness to reach out for assistance. As the book proceeds, the illustrations subtly depict the foursome becoming adolescents who still care about one another. The artwork is colorful and lively. The nature of song lyrics is there's a repetitive element to them, so these important words and the overarching messages about support, outreach, and the permanency of friendships are easy to recall, absorb, and, hopefully, emulate. Readers eager to hear Withers' uplifting song will be pleased by the inclusion of a QR code that allows them to listen to it on platforms such as Spotify or Tidal. A positive, inspirational message for children to lean on and into.
-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Lean on Me provides a nice illustration that we're all in this world together. When things get rough, we don't have to face it alone. It goes against the 'rugged individualist' mythology that's been popular in American culture for so long. To me, that's a good thing.
-- "Ink 19"