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The Tortoise and the Hairpiece: A kids book about how to make a friend and build self esteem and confidence Paperback – 10 Sep 2009
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The lesson of the book is well-illustrated when Jake accepts himself for who he is and casts off the hairpiece. And of course, Winn doesn't pass up an opportunity for humor when he tells us, that a snake in the river may be wearing the hairpiece.
It's interesting that the author has chosen a buzzard, a bird associated with ravenous behavior, to tell Jake to get a hairpiece and the wise owl to suggest that Jake should be himself.
This story grapples with one of the ongoing struggles humans face even into adulthood: to be strong enough to accept our uniqueness instead of trying to be like everyone else. And Winn's question at the end, "In what ways do you feel different?" provides the children a chance to think about this important topic early enough to begin gathering the tools for dealing with it in their lives.
This simple story clearly teaches children that each person is special regardless of their physical appearance. My girls have a sweet dusting of freckles over the bridge of their nose. It is adorable but makes them a tad self-conscience as no one else in the family has freckles. Similar to the Tortoise they have to learn that they are perfect just the way they are.
A delightful and easy to understand message that everyone is unique is clearly explained in this sweet tale. Wonderful questions at the back of the book help parents or caregivers to dig a bit deeper into what the child(ren) have learned.
parent-reading-to-child. It is written in empathetic and engaging lyrical cadence which is delightfully inviting to read, even for an adult...particularly an adult with children present.
Of course, for the target audience, (young children - who have much to learn about life and themselves) such a
tale cannot be told without the highly important accompaniment of engaging illustrations which lend completely to the whole experience. Toby Hefflin's visual contribution to this fine work is remarkably well done.
For parents, The Tortoise and the Hairpiece will prove to be a cherished means by which they may instill in their children a fine lesson in the important life-art of acquiring and maintaining self esteem.