Different—A Great Thing To Be!

WaterBrook. Jun. 2021. 40p. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9780593232651.
PreS-Gr 3–Embracing uniqueness can be challenging, especially when others are not so welcoming of difference. Macy is a young girl with spunk and spirit, often dancing to her own beat and investigating the world in unconventional ways. When other children see her behavior as outside their perceived norms, Macy feels left out, but that does not stop her from being brave and inspiring others to change their outlook. Digitally rendered illustrations tell Macy’s story using vibrant and varied hues. Beginning with the stems of flowers and an assortment of vividly pigmented birds, the story progresses through Macy’s world and incorporates color throughout, ultimately concluding with an assortment of blooming flowers. Macy herself has light skin, glasses, and reddish-brown hair cut with bangs. Children of various races, ethnicities, and abilities are depicted alongside Macy and enhance the message of embracing differences of all kinds. The text is carefully placed to highlight the story without obscuring the illustrations. Rhyming lines, though stiff and often didactic, introduce Macy and her struggles directly, and encourage readers to celebrate the innate beauty within themselves. The book’s message is that being different is the one thing that unites everyone.
VERDICT A colorful and inspirational tale of embracing and welcoming uniqueness in oneself and others.

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