Top critical review
Great concept, could have been much more diverse
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
I read this to my almost 4 year old last night because she's starting to notice differences in body shape and size.
The book is well made and nicely illustrated.
One line in the book reads, 'Her body can choose kale or cake --yummy, yummy! Food is her fuel and feels good in her tummy.' The corresponding illustration shows the gal in front of a huge display of desserts and sugary decadence, all while wearing a shirt that reads 'Kale.' I wish better choices were included here. Nearly every parent understands the battle of getting our children to make healthy choices even 50% of the time. I don't need my toddler equating kale to cake. Cake is certainly not what I would call 'fuel' either.
The book shows the main character wearing outfits that expose her belly often; where her shirts look too small. I don't want me daughter to expose her belly so casually in everyday outfits no matter what size she is.
I think I expected this book to be a little more diverse, to incorporate all sorts of body acceptance. There is a boy shown with a prosthetic leg and a girl in a hijab, but no other differences stood out in the drawings. I think illustrating even more people of ALL different sizes, shapes, abilities, and backgrounds would have been a tremendous compliment to this book.
Overall, we liked the book and messaging and will keep it in our collection.