Author: Lainey Dee
Release Date: 29th August 2022
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: ShieldCrest Publishing
Todd is different from all the other animals -with the head of a bird, the tummy of a bear and the legs of a tiger and he feels he doesn’t quite fit in anywhere! His family love him dearly but it’s hard for him to make friends.
During a visit to his grandmother’s, Todd express’s his concern and she tells him: ‘It’s okay to be different’.
Instilled with new confidence he sets out for the Friday Club, a place where all the animals gather and socialise with their friends. Will he find the courage to face his fears and embrace his differences?
He might be surprised to find some friends along the way! More importantly can he learn to accept himself?
Let’s Celebrate Being Different by Lainey Dee is a brilliant children’s book that touches upon the important topic of accepting oneself the way one is and how it affects and helps the surrounding people accept them too. The concept of self-acceptance is beautifully illustrated in this book through the protagonist, Todd, who is unlike any other animal. The author had done an excellent job in bringing forth his doubts and fears about being different and then having his grandmother helping him encourage him to accept himself for his identity and to be okay with who or what he is.
This book has a beautiful message and a very well-structured story that demonstrates the problems faced by most children, especially children who are not like others in any way. The illustrations are wonderful and convey the point across well. Overall, I’d recommend this book to all children of ages 4 and above, and their parents, as this book has a beautiful lesson to teach the younger kids.