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|I am enough|
Author: Byers, Grace
Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
School Library Journal (00/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/03/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 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 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.