A Smile

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A Smile

By Raoul Follereau
Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi
Picture Book for Ages 4–7
ISBN: 978-1-77278-227-1
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim size: 9 x 8 inches / 22.86 x 20.32 cm
Pages: 24

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Distributed in the US by Ingram Publisher Services

The power of a smile transforms lives in a modern translation of the classic poem by a beloved humanitarian

A smile costs nothing, but it’s worth so much. Did you ever think about the power of a smile? With one short poem, French writer and humanitarian Raoul Follereau (1903-1977) spoke to the world about the value of this fundamentally human expression. Since 1920 “A Smile” has been translated into many languages around the world. In this new English translation, framed for a small child’s point of view, the poignant words accompany an intergenerational story in pictures about two children and the many lives affected by their infectious smiles. A dejected street musician, A lonely businessman, an exhausted teacher—all are lifted up by the generosity, compassion, and friendship inspired by a simple smile. Created in paper collage by internationally award-winning illustrator Hoda Hadadi, the illustrations burst with joyful emotions that will infect the hearts of every reader.

Although Raoul Follereau passed away in 1977, his belief in the ability of children to change the world shines through in this book, which was created thanks to the assistance of La Fondation Raoul Follereau. A closing note shares details about Follereau’s humanitarian work, his thirty years traveling the world to give aid to and raise awareness for people with leprosy, and his creation of World Leprosy Day, which is still marked on the last Sunday in January every year.