Falk’s debut picture book is an enjoyable and relatable tale about identity, self-worth, understanding, and acceptance. The book features different characters learning, dreaming, and growing up. Using rhythmic language (“Just like the wiggly worm, the curious cat, and the giant trees/ My life has a special purpose; I am on a unique journey.”), Falk adds an artistic spin to a tale of celebrating self and self-assurance. The story also delves into themes of cultivating archetypal human qualities such as understanding, acceptance, and kindness. The expert use of various textures and tones in illustrations add to the charm, which are nothing but marvelous, reflecting the artist’s acute creativity. Some scenes feature subtext, like the boy hiding behind a stage curtain, trying to deal with stage fright. Others are in line with the book’s text. Readers will need to examine drawings closely to find some of the hidden narratives in the story. The inclusion of a variety of animals and several children belonging to different genders and race adds to the relevance. An amusing and heartfelt introduction to the concept of individuality and sense of worth, the book is best enjoyed if read aloud with an adult.
Categories: children's fiction