SYNOPSIS: As children grow up, they will face various challenges and struggles, author Karen Stone wants to make sure a negative self-image will not be one of those issues. Therefore, this children’s author presents “Just Be Yourself: A Ladybug’s Journey,” to help children build a positive perception of self.
In “Just Be Yourself,” Stone introduces readers to a unique story that follows an unsure ladybug in the Happy Peaceful Forest. The ladybug questions why she is the only one in her family without a special crown and sets out to reach the shiny purple castle to find her answers.
Along the way she meets various animals that impart lessons of self-assurance and empowerment. At the end of her journey, she realizes that to receive her crown, she simply needs to find confidence and happiness in her own heart.
“I want to enable children to build a foundation to be happy with who they are for the rest of their lives,” Stone said. “Just Be Yourself teaches children to be confident with their own attributes, skills and appearance so they can build a positive self-image.”
MY THOUGHTS:I found this book to be more for the early elementary set, say K-2. Each animal that ladybug encounters has a different reason for owning his or her crown. While it has that feel-good, bedtime story vibe, I’m not sure how I feel about her earning a crown for being herself. Yes, we want all children to be who they are and stay true to themselves, etc. I just thought the plot was going in a different direction. Maybe she was going to get the crown for having scaled the mountain to the castle? It felt a little like she got one of those participation trophies that are so popular nowadays. That’s from a parent’s view. Children will love the main character as well as her friends.
I give it 3 stars.
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*I received the aforementioned book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic & synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.