You Are Special
Authored and Illustrated by Sam Loman
* Ages: 4-6
* Grade Level: PS-1
* Publisher: Clavis Publishing, 2020
* Length: 32 pages
* Language: English
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This is a sweet book about loving your uniqueness. Kiki, an adorable white cat, looks in her mirror and decides she is plain and boring and needs some colour to make her special. After all, her friends are beautiful vibrant colours and she feels like a washout.
The lightbulb comes on and Kiki has a brilliant idea. She spots the box of coloured pencils and voilà starts her transformation into something spectular! She applies colour after beautiful colour all over her white body. She asks her friends to critique her artistic handiwork. They all seem indifferent to her creative efforts so she walks off in a huff and tumbles into some paint cans ... smack, splatter, splash! Kiki is now completely purple. Her brother Goof takes note of her drastic change and is undisturbed by it because he's purple too! Kiki then has another eureka moment about becoming special and invites him to join her. Will her brother want to become special too?
"Kiki smiles, "Look we are both purple now.
But don't you think we will be more
SPECIAL if we had lots of colors?"
Mmmmmm....think he will go for it?
The illustrations are wonderful. They have lots of detail and are kid-friendly and entertaining. This is a story for young kids to learn their colours and to discover how extraordinary they are by just by being themselves. Self-acceptance is very important and if internalized early can make life a lot happier. I recommend this book.
Sam Loman graduated in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, after which she got her master’s degree in Art & Design from the University of Hertfordshire. She now works as an illustrator, graphic designer and author and creates children’s books, stationery, postcards, wallpaper and much more.
*Blog Link: www.babybookworms.blogspot.ca
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