"Your Inside Shape, provides a gentle and positive nudge in the right direction for children of all ages. Its pages offer cheerful, bright illustrations and clever verse designed to help youngsters realize and celebrate not only their own unique potential, but that of those around them. Highly recommended for parents to share with their children!”
Tammy Fletcher, M.A., PhD, Marriage and Family Therapist, San Diego, CA
KIRKUS REVIEW A motivational picture book by author Sarno-Doyle designed to teach kids about exploring their own abilities and hobbies.
Using the metaphor of an “inside shape” for the inner being, Sarno-Doyle aims to teach kids to weigh inner values over outer appearances. Written for very young children, the book is bright and full of lively images. In 30-some pages, the author explains the difference between “outside shape” (hair, clothes, ethnicity, etc.) and “inside shape,” the inner interests that children need to develop to become full-fledged, happy individuals. Many of the possible interests here are professional and educational—science, animal welfare, books, mathematics. The book also offers inspiration for kids to develop extracurricular activities, including sports and fishing. There are several open-ended prompts at the beginning of the book to get readers started: “I like to...” or “I don’t like to....” These questions are designed to help children explore their strengths and the skills they want to learn. Interestingly, the author doesn’t linger on the influence of “outside shapes,” such as gender or ethnicity, in shaping individual children’s personal identities, even in a positive manner (like Karen Katz’s The Colors of Us) that could help kids’ self-esteem if they feel externally judged or different from their classmates. The book’s abbreviated length, too, means that the range of topics is narrow. Charmingly illustrated by Jennings with old-fashioned images of children at play, the text will appeal to parents looking for inspiring books for their young children.
Fans of the Free To Be You And Me style of children’s literature will appreciate the inspiring message about developing children’s passions.
“Another splendid and amazing book by Christine Sarno-Doyle. We absolutely loved her previous book, Your Inside Shape. This book delivers what every child needs to hear – it is ok to be you and be unique.
She nails it with by asking, “Who’s going to be you if you want to be someone else?” This book bring along characters, like Perry the Porcupine, to help Darcie realize how special she is. A chapter book for the older children that continues to encourage children to be comfortable with who they are.”
“One again, Christine Sarno-Doyle has her finger on the pulse of what today’s kids need to hear. Last year this author gave us Your Inside Shape, a brightly colored book for younger children, celebrating their inner selves over outward appearances. In Who’s Going to Be You?, Ms. Sarno-Doyle carries a similar message of positivity and self-acceptance to kids roughly between the ages of 8 and 11. Your mileage may vary – even as an adult I found the book’s primary messages - being open to listening to inner wisdom and nurturing one’s own inner strengths – to be an inspiration. In a day and age where even elementary school children are caught up in comparing themselves to others and struggles with self-esteem, Who’s Going to Be You? is a welcome voice in helping kids feel good about themselves.”
- Tammy Fletcher, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapist, San Diego, CA
Publish date 2021.
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