I Am Enough
Keturah A. Bobo
Balzer + Bray, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
Like the sun, I’m here to shine…
Like time, I’m here to be, and be everything I can.
In a time where there seems to be an expectation that we will each be smarter, richer, thinner, bigger, better than anyone else, it seems to be impossible to just be – and let who you are be enough. But in this stunning new release, the little girl does not feel the need to compete with anyone. She not only accepts who she is and is proud of that but also respects the individuality of others…
I know that we don’t look the same: our skin, our eyes, our hair, our frame.
But that does not dictate our worth; we both have places here on earth.
Apart from the powerful message that all children, indeed everyone, needs to take away from this book, it’s other strength is its diversity – each child is different in ethnicity, religion, and even physical ability although their gender is the same and that perhaps is its one negative. Perhaps in a world where gender equality is still an issue. showing girls and boys together could have added just a little more.
Nevertheless, this is an important book to share and discuss as we try to promote positive mental health from an early age and that needs to start with the acceptance of ourselves as we are with no compulsion to compete to match someone else’s expectations.