In You I See: A Story That Celebrates the Beauty Within

DK. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780744049886.
PreS-Gr 3–”When I look at you I see/ Much more than meets the eye./ I’m not sure how to list it all,/ But with this book, I’ll try.” Howard’s dynamic paintings capture Emily’s narration of the beauty in life and living; images and imagery leap off the pages and create an anthem to paying attention. The word choices and rhythmic writing focus on everyday wonders, from animals to colors, events, and people. Through the narration, a guardian figure tells the child of her current uniqueness and future capabilities. Emily leaves readers truly celebrating humanity and spirituality, while each brushstroke coordinates perfectly with the excellence of the lines.
VERDICT Similar to The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, this book lifts up the audience and reaffirms what it means to be valued and loved.

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