Friday, June 17, 2016

#Review: It's Ok to Be Me! by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos/ Illustrated by Marta Fabrega #DiverseBooks

From a child's point of view, life can often seem difficult, but this brightly illustrated book--one in a set of two Live and Learn titles--encourages children never to be afraid of a challenge. It's all right to be a little scared about things that seem hard to do, but whatever the challenge, determination and practice can get them through. The child in this story must stay in a wheelchair. Sometimes, he feels bad because he is left out of things by his classmates. One day, watching his friends play basketball, he has an idea. He decides that even while remaining in his wheelchair, he too can learn to play the game. The text is simple and the illustrations on every page are appealing. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of each book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.

My review: This is a cute book that has the main character, a boy, who is in a wheelchair.

The story starts out as he tells about himself and moves in to things that upset him, like wanting to play with other kids.

He takes control of the situation and learns to do things in his wheelchair by himself. Although scared, he learns to persevere and show others that just because he is in a wheelchair , he is just like them.

This was a good book to show other kids that all kids want to be happy and have friends. Even if children do not have a disability, there may be other challenges they have to face and can do it if they work at it.

The illustrations are bold and bright. They engage the reader to know more.
4 stars

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book from the local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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