The Invisible People: Aunty Goes Home
Written by Ames Chen
Illustrated by Jayl Chen
Have you had to say goodbye to a good friend or a close family member? Farewells are difficult, even more so for a young child. Follow this little girl on her journey, as she says goodbye to someone precious. Not goodbye, but see you again.
This book series highlights some of the invisible people in our society: domestic workers, construction workers, and bus drivers. Even though these workers have played and continue to play a key part in contributing to Singapore’s growth, they are often treated with disdain and disrespect. These beautifully illustrated books offer heartfelt stories that help children appreciate these unsung heroes in our society. Aunty Goes Home depicts how a family helps their domestic worker discover her passion for cooking during her time with them. They empower her to achieve her dreams when it’s time for her to return home. Uncles at Work portrays how a kind father teaches his son to bring food and drinks to the construction workers who are building their flat. The Bus Driver is the story of how something as simple as the bus trip to school and the interaction with the bus driver can inspire and impact one’s growing-up years. These stories remind us that these workers are people who have the same needs and dreams that we do. They demonstrate how seemingly simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference, both to the workers who receive and the child who gives.