This book is a charming story that gently suggests how we can embrace differences in who we are as part of the wonder of being alive and how to welcome others as our friends.
There are some more hidden themes too, for instance the importance of telling someone you trust when your troubled, or; being brave when things are not easy being yourself; even some of the challenges that can face children when moving schools, or being introduced to a new class member.
I really love the illustration style and the way the images progress through the book, they express how the differences between children and people bring colour and interest to life. I especially love the moment when the teacher has to turn away because though she's supposed to be angry, she's got the giggles... a lovely way to show the dynamic that some children will recognise between the authority of the teacher and an occasional glimpse of who that teacher is as a person.
It's a good book for infants and younger junior aged children. It is a read that gently, even tenderly, leads the reader through some early real-life challenges in a wholesome way.
Altogether, a read that can be enjoyed by children, parents and teachers, for the fun that it expresses and the book's suggestion that developing embracing friendships is a really positive, colourful and fun way to live.
I bought a copy for myself and one for my niece and nephew they love it - especially the class pictures at the beginning and the end.
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