Geraldine Shaheed delivers a well-received and much needed book for our children on self-esteem, self-identity, and how they view themselves (self-image). The artwork by Amanda Esther Aquino is exceptional and easily captured my curiosity without reading the words; it displayed images that children can relate to when facing ridicule, peers teasing them, and learning about the beauty within that will showcase on the outside (physical). The important lesson taught was that our elders (adults) are to instruct and inform the young (children) about whom they are, purpose, and meaning in life. They are precious in Yahweh’s sight. Human life is one of the most beautiful creations on this Earth and we are pleasing to our Creator. How can someone learn the true meanings of “love” if they do not feel loved? The author touches on beauty, love, and esteem are some characteristics that we need to live beyond the cruel words said by our peers, family members, and classmates. We reverse negative views and concepts to positive in which starts from within. What we have bottled inside will come out of our mouths and see displayed in our actions and physical expressions.
This book target audience is for 4-8 years old; however, I can see 8-10 year old children reading and clearly understanding the meaning of the book. I highly recommend this book for elementary schools, educators, and children ministries to share as a group and discuss the importance of self-image, self-identity, and self-esteem that our children face on a regular basis, also who they are in Christ.
You can get a copy of the book from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. $10.00/copy.
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