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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Beautiful You, Beautiful Me, written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner and illustrated by Salini Perera. Owlkids Books, 2022. $19.95 ages 4 and up


"But Mama lovingly twirled her 
finger in one of Izzy's curls. 

You're part of me, 
and I'm part of you. 

I'm beautiful like me, 
and you're beautiful like you.

Izzy loves nothing more than being snuggled up close with her mama. Their hugs are something very special. As they read a book together one night, Izzy sees that her skin and her mother's skin do not look the same. She tells her mother what she sees, while not being totally comfortable about that discovery. She so loves her Mama; she wants to be just like her. 

Her mother is reassuring and hugs Izzy closer. The next morning, Izzy notices the difference in their hair. While Izzy's is curly, her Mama's is straight. Their hair just doesn't match. Once again, Mama is loving and soothing. Despite that, Izzy longs to be 'Mama's kind of beautiful'. 

A walk together, where they see other mamas and their babies in nature, has the little girl realizing that she is not the only one who doesn't look exactly like her mother. Later, when her Mama points out a difference between the two, it is Izzy who provides comfort for her. 

"I'm part of you, 
and you're part of me. 

I'm beautiful like me, 
and you're beautiful like you.

The text is quiet and loving, the artwork matches the mood by offering continual warmth and strength.


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