This book is for families. It's written for Victors ages 3-6, and also for adult Victors who might be a little too attached to their stuff. An authentic and tender story, this book is inspired by real events.
Victor is a Parisian boy who likes all kinds of toys, except the ones he has to share. The day his family begins a home exchange in San Francisco, Victor locks all his toys in a wooden box. "Don't touch, they're mine!" When they arrive at the exchange home, Victor is surprised to see the American girl's room full of toys, ready to use. What will Victor do?
The first time Roser organized a home swap, she hid all her personal belongings in a box— photo albums, drawings, and even fridge magnets. But when she arrived at her exchange partner's home in Italy, she discovered they had left their home's personal touches in plain sight to be used and shared.
Roser felt very embarrassed, and this first home swap changed her perspective. How was she going to trade her home if she wasn't able to share her fridge magnets without showing trust and generosity?
Ten years later, this personal anecdote inspired a small group of HomeExchange colleagues to explain the magic of sharing with children (and parents) through a children's book!
"Victor Doesn't Like Sharing" was inspired by that anecdote, but also by the testimonies of children (and parents) that we regularly receive at HomeExchange, as travelers learn to share their belongings and lives with others.
We are proud of self-published children's book that explains what sharing truly means. Plus, we love being able to tell you what a vacation looks like during a home exchange. This is the first children's book that explains the value of sharing through the lens of home exchanges.
Victor is a Parisian boy who likes all kinds of toys, except the ones he has to share. The day his family begins a home exchange in San Francisco, Victor locks all his toys in a wooden box. "Don't touch, they're mine!" When they arrive at the exchange home, Victor is surprised to see the American girl's room full of toys, ready to use.
This experience will make Victor see things differently and learn the true value of sharing
At HomeExchange, we operate on the premise that when you have an idea, if you can convince another person of it, you can go ahead and make your idea happen! So a small (but brave) team of HomeExchange employees (Jessica, Alice and Roser) got the green light to work on this book.
We developed the story, surrounded ourselves with industry professionals (illustrator, graphic designer, children’s book editor) and welcomed more motivated team members to join us in this exciting project.
Marion Gautier (HomeExchange team member) became the author of the book, fulfilling a dream to be a children's book writer.
Marta Moreno joined as the illustrator to shape Victor and all the little details of the story. Marta is a well-known Spanish illustrator— follower her on Instagram! @marta.ilustraciones. Together, they became Victor's "MaMa".
To gauge interest in the book, we published our story in French, since the author is French. But if it is successful, we want to publish it in English, Spanish, Italian, and more!
The pre-sale of the book is now available! If you understand French and want to place your pre-order, go ahead! Each book sold helps us reach the goal of translating into more languages and sharing the values of HomeExchange.
The French version of the book will be self-published and ready to ship in June 2021.
Would you like to read Victor's story in your language? Fill out the form below, telling us in which language(s) you are interested in reading the book. We will choose the next language based on demand. The success of the pre-sales will determine our next steps in translating the book.