Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Miki Sakamoto
Grade Level: Preschool-2nd Grade
Element 1: I think this book reflects the topic of self-love and knowledge because it brings up multiple things that could make a child feel different (such as braces, big ears, freckles, the types of food they bring to lunch, etc) and shows how much they appreciate that difference and understand that is what makes them a special individual. The message is to celebrate who you are and love yourself for the many things that make you, you!
Activity: A fun activity would be to either take a picture of them or have each child draw a picture of themselves. It could be blown up and placed on construction paper. Underneath the picture will be each child's name such as M is for Marissa, and then each child can decorate the border with different pictures and cut outs from magazines that they feel represent themselves and make them the person they are. They can share with their classmates and become aware of what they have in common and what they do not but all the while remembering it is our differences that make us special.