Clover’s Secret ‒ David Walsh

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  • Age Range: 3 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Fairview Press (March 12, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0925190896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0925190895



This colorfully illustrated fantasy story helps children deal with domestic violence and low self-esteem. In the imaginary village of Woobie, everyone learns how to fly. Out of all the 9-year-olds in the flying class, shy Clover and outgoing Micky seem like opposites, but they become good friends and flying buddies. Together they play flying pond-tag and learn lessons about taking off, turning, and flying best when you feel good about yourself. But Clover doesn’t fly well, and Micky worries about her, especially as the village flying celebration approaches. In a dramatic discovery the day of the celebration, Micky learns that Clover’s home is troubled by violence. Convinced by her friend to seek help, Clover must share her secret to start feeling hope for the future.


Rationale for Inclusion: How much better the world would be if children could somehow be exempt from the struggles and hardships of daily life. Sadly, this ideal is far from the realities that many children have to face. This book focuses on providing a mirror for children who are victims of domestic violence in order to give them a sense of support and make them feel as though they are not alone.

Another great thing about this book is that it provides children who may not be victims of domestic violence, with a window into the lives of children who may be dealing with this issue. It attempts to do this in a gentler way by depicting two boys in an imaginary world with plenty of imaginative illustrations so that it may be easier for children to be exposed to this very difficult subject matter.

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