A veces, yo soy todo lo que necesito

Candlewick. Apr. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536223613.
PreS-Gr 1–A little girl lives with her mother and dog Rumba in a warm and cozy home. She has fun and enjoys her time with her friends outdoors, while also keeping herself company when she is alone and using her imagination to play. When she falls she is comforted by her grandmother, but if she is alone, she gives herself a hug for reassurance. She is content whether she is surrounded by noise or silence and finds support in others as well as in herself. Bright, colorful digital illustrations welcome readers into the young protagonist’s sanguine world, and lovingly depict her enjoying the company of family and friends, while also cherishing her solitude. The lovely Spanish text conveys the feelings of the young girl’s world through all of readers’ senses—from the smell of cinnamon tea in her home to the warm hugs from her abuela. Children will be captivated by the peacefulness of the story and its message.
VERDICT A unique and necessary addition to children’s collections, and an excellent way to discuss self-care and independence.

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