Author: Miller, Pat Zietlow
Rhyming text encourages young readers to discover what they are good at and use it to make a difference in big ways or in small ones.
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School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—A parade of children marches through this festive book and into readers' hearts. Whether loud or quiet, big or small, each "you" is encouraged to recognize their individuality. Furthermore, the book relays to children the message that each person's talents are even more valuable when shared with others. Miller's story and Barton's illustrated characters are diverse and encourage young readers to not only be themselves, but to also do good deeds, as children in the story are depicted planting flowers for a neighbor, singing to a room of the elderly, and recycling littered trash. Similar to Miller's Be Kind, there is an important underlying theme of treating others with respect and dignity. The story is the embodiment of the saying "march to the beat of your own drum," including one child passing off the mallets for a literal drum to another child, transforming the metaphor into a visual celebration of uniqueness. The images are warm and inviting and the rhyming text is accessible, with a scattering of more difficult vocabulary to challenge some young readers. VERDICT Overall, this story is gentle and truly delightful, and fans of the author, along with new readers, will not be disappointed. An excellent upbeat addition to any collection.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.