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Contributor(s): Byers, Grace, Bobo, Keturah A. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0062667122     ISBN-13: 9780062667120
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018

Annotation: Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-acceptance; Fiction.
Bullying; Fiction.
Self-esteem; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018020580
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.25" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
In this ode to female self-confidence and -love, little girls from across the racial spectrum play, fight, hug, read, perform, and much more beneath a series of florid platitudes in rhyme. Designed to imbue power and praise vulnerability, a well-meaning but thin text is buoyed by Bobo's warm, emotive, and inclusive acrylic paintings. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 1–4—Actress Byers has penned a picture-book affirmation for girls who may be doubting their self-worth. Byers, who self-indentifies as multiracial and a CODA (child of deaf adults), experienced bullying as a child. The rhyming text begins with a series of first-person statements about purpose, many in the form of similes. Some of these translate well to a young human, e.g., "Like the tree, I'm here to grow," while others are rather less successful (and logical): "Like the rain, I'm here to pour and drip and fall until I'm full." The latter part of the book suggests that readers should love and support each other despite differences, both physical and otherwise. This is a gentle and worthy message, but may not be concrete enough to empower bullied students or to prompt a change in those who bully. It could be used to give struggling young girls a script for positive self-talk, or the adults who care for them an opening to discuss dignity and kindness. A plurality of ethnicities and body types are represented, generally at a distance and against plain white backgrounds enhanced with digital chalk sketches. VERDICT Teachers and librarians who tend to the self-esteem of young girls may wish to consider this title to introduce concepts and spark discussion.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
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