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The Visible Girls



Sine lives in Papuau, New Guinea with her mother and her special invisible friend Kaimon.  After stopping a man from hurting a woman in their village the two young girls realize they can stand up against violence and discrimination.  As support for their new “Women Forever, Girls Together” movement grows, Kaimon gradually emerges from the shadows to become a strong, clear voice that everyone can hear.  This remarkable story written by nine year old author Tyronah Sioni shows students that by speaking out against unfairness and inequality they can become the agents of change in creating a more inclusive world.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

 This book supports Social Studies outcomes examining universal human rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Students will also increase their awareness of the violence against women and girls that occurs in many countries.  The story presents a model for advocacy that could be used by a class to develop a school project focused on tolerance and respect.  They could organize a Pink Shirt Day that celebrates equal treatment for all and delivers a strong message against bullying.

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Themes Addressed

Citizenship (1)

  • Community-Building and Participation

Human Rights (2)

  • Gender Equality
  • Social Justice