"I like myself. I'm glad I'm me! There's no one else I'd rather be!"
I don't think I could have phrased it any better than Karen Beaumont has done in this book. With a flare for rhyme that is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, Beaumont reenforces positive self esteem in children by encouraging them to "like" themselves for who they are and not how the world "sees" them. But it isn't just the rhythmic words that make this book so wonderful. The illustrations by David Catrow, give this book a whimsical feel with bright colors and bold images that seem to make the characters leap off the pages.
Rae LOVES this book! I have read it so often that I can recite it on command (not that she tells me to say it, but it is the one thing that almost always seems to calm her down). Every night, my voice gently lulls her to sleep with phrases like,
"Even when I look a mess, I still don't like me any less, 'cause nothing in this world, you know, can change what's deep inside, and so..."
"...I don't care in any what what someone else may think or say."
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