3 out of 4 stars
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I've not come across a literary work similar to this book in the genre of children’s books, and that is essentially the reason I was intrigued by its description. Wanda Remmers has beautifully broken the stereotypes that the world feeds into the innocent minds of children. If You Looked at Me is a book that fights against discrimination and prejudices.
The book contains forty pages which are decorated with beautiful illustrations based on the writing. The book is written in first-person narrative, focusing on the life of a girl and her family members. The point of the story is to celebrate the diversity of each individual, and hence, there are a number of characters in the book who are shunned, marginalized or simply disliked for who they are in the real world.
The characters who are mentioned are all different, yet they live in harmony. It draws attention to gay couples, Christians, Muslims, Jews, children from various ethnicities, physically challenged people, children with learning disabilities and also people do who not believe in any particular religion.
The author brilliantly points out the various groups of individuals who are not tolerated by the majority of the world, and shows that there is nothing wrong in accepting them for who they are and loving them.
The writing style of the author is simple and to the point, making it easier for very young children to understand. There were no errors whatsoever and the sentences were well-formed as well. I particularly liked the end, where the character in the book asks the reader to write about all the people present in his or her life and their experiences as well. There is a page allocated for the readers to paste pictures of their family members too. I think this was a nice touch, as it makes it interactive for little children.
I would rate the book three out of four stars. If there was one thing I would have liked this book to include, it would be an example on feminism as well. This book is suitable for children of all ages. The author has written a laudable work of art that celebrates unity in diversity, especially when the world around us is in total chaos due to the same reasons stated in this book.
If you looked at me...
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