Sadly, we still live in a world in which little girls in general and girls of color in particular need to be assured of their value. Fortunately, writers and illustrators like the creators of this work are producing books that address that need. In this simple but powerful poem, girls of all hue and stripe are celebrated for just being themselves. Girls sing and play and stand on their heads. They grow tall and strong like trees and mountains; they climb ladders and fall down and get up. They support one another and laugh and cry. But perhaps most important, this book insists girls are different from one another in many ways, and in that, rather than in conformity, lies their strength and beauty. While this book is certainly aimed at a female readership, it needs to be read by everyone for its transformative message to take root. It can be paired with Beautiful (2016) and Brave (2017), by Stacy McAnulty, and I Am Loved (2018), by Nikki Giovanni. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 1–4—Actress Byers has penned a picture-book affirmation for girls who may be doubting their self-worth. Byers, who self-indentifies as multiracial and a CODA (child of deaf adults), experienced bullying as a child. The rhyming text begins with a series of first-person statements about purpose, many in the form of similes. Some of these translate well to a young human, e.g., "Like the tree, I'm here to grow," while others are rather less successful (and logical): "Like the rain, I'm here to pour and drip and fall until I'm full." The latter part of the book suggests that readers should love and support each other despite differences, both physical and otherwise. This is a gentle and worthy message, but may not be concrete enough to empower bullied students or to prompt a change in those who bully. It could be used to give struggling young girls a script for positive self-talk, or the adults who care for them an opening to discuss dignity and kindness. A plurality of ethnicities and body types are represented, generally at a distance and against plain white backgrounds enhanced with digital chalk sketches. VERDICT Teachers and librarians who tend to the self-esteem of young girls may wish to consider this title to introduce concepts and spark discussion.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library
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Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another. - (Baker & Taylor)
A lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness for girls from every background, written by the activist star of Empire, touches on themes of diversity, respecting others and loving oneself. 75,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.
This gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.
We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.
Plus don't miss I Believe I Can&;the next beautiful picture celebrating self-esteem from Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo! - (HARPERCOLL)