Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty

by Stacy McAnulty
Illustrated by Joanne Lew Vriethoff
Published Sept. 2016
Running Press Kids
32 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher 

Goodreads Summary
Every girl is unique, talented, and lovable. . . . Every girl is BEAUTIFUL.
Much more than how one looks on the outside, true beauty is found in conquering challenges, showing kindness, and spreading contagious laughter. Beautiful girls are empowered and smart and strong!

BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book will encourage all girls to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential.

My Thoughts
Every little girl needs this book! 
With simple text following the pattern of "Beautiful girls _____" this book shows what girls are and what they can be. The words and illustrations work in wonderful juxtaposition. For example on a page with the text, "Beautiful girls move gracefully." the illustrations show a girl playing football and two girls in wheelchairs playing basketball. "Beautiful girls smell like flowers." shows messy girls planting and digging in the dirt. 

The illustrations are fabulous. The characters represent many cultures with different shapes and sizes. Girls are sure to see someone that looks like them in Beautiful.

This books sends the message that girls are beautiful just the way they are. This is a message young girls cannot hear enough in my opinion. 

I would highly recommend Beautiful for ages 3-8. 

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