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Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
It is classic Dr. Seuss. Full of silly and imaginative stories and images. It is charming in its own way, but at times can be long winded. The kids love it - they tend to love anything Dr. Seuss no matter how crazy or silly or long it is. Overall, the book clearly makes kids feel they are special and worth celebrating for exactly who they are. I personally prefer a message that says yes you have value and yes you are special, but you also have to make responsible choices.... to live a life of value, to help and serve others, and to make a difference for the better. The book does not talk about responsibility only the celebrating of their life, so parents will have to add that in on their own. So the book is too individual focused, but then again it is their one and only birthday a year.