Remarkably You

Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Patrice Barton. HarperCollins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-242758-8
A cast of diverse children seize the day by helping others, taking on leadership roles, and expressing their personalities. Miller writes in buoyant rhyming verses: “You have your own spirit, unparalleled flair./ So rock what you’ve got—every day, everywhere.” In muted artwork featuring residual pencil lines, they work together to fix a red wagon, plant flowers, andplay sports and make-believe. Kids need not be just one thing, the book suggests, demonstrating that one might be “a swimmer who knits./ A cellist who cheers./ A mutt-loving cat cuddler who volunteers” (a child with short, spiky hair walks six dogs while a cat rides along in a red hoodie). Together, Miller and Barton offer a genuine message about individuality. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/17/2018
Release date: 02/01/2019
Genre: Children's
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