Is It The Way You Giggle?
New Frontier, 2018
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
What makes you special?
Is it the way you look or something that you can do?
Is it the way you giggle or the way you wiggle?
This is a new take on a perennial topic that will encourage little people to think about what it is that makes them special. With the entire text being in question format as though the author is speaking directly to the reader, it provokes thought about those things that are unique to us that make us stand out, going beyond the obvious of the colour of the skin, eyes and hair and starting to look at the inner person-their personality, their expertise and their mannerisms. Even those with low self-esteem will be able to contribute something and perhaps get a little lift that there is something special about them.
Annie White’s charming illustrations in watercolour and pencil show that even within one family of four kids from the same parents and exposed to the same sorts of things, there is huge diversity amongst them which is accepted, appreciated and celebrated within the family.
Extensive teachers’ notes offer new ideas about using this book with early childhood children but as a parent-child read-along, it’s a great opportunity for a chat about how the child and other family members are special and even what makes the family itself unique.