My Self, Your Self

Tundra. Sept. 2022. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781774880234.
PreS-Gr 3–Celebrate and ponder the joy and power of knowing one’s self in this contemplative and encouraging tale. Readers are introduced to a small, sprite-like creature as they wander through a blooming landscape. As the being treks through nature and chats with woodland neighbors and friends, they reflect on themselves and what “self” exactly means. It is different, for instance, from “YOUR self,” but is it inside or outside? Could it be how we feel, or make others feel? While the narrative progresses, caregivers and readers will find ample discussion opportunities on subjects such as self-discovery and thoughtfulness. The conclusion celebrates the differences found among friends, and serves as an invitation to know and honor one’s self. Shapiro’s rich, mixed-media illustrations feature a muted palette and abound with details that will enthrall readers from start to finish. Pair with Juliana Perdomo’s Sometimes, All I Need is Me for a duo of grand titles on the topics of mindfulness and self-awareness.
VERDICT Highly recommended for purchase in all collections.

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