Official Review: If you looked at me... by Wanda Remmers

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Official Review: If you looked at me... by Wanda Remmers

Post by Nivi Gideon » 26 Jun 2019, 04:19

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "If you looked at me..." by Wanda Remmers.]
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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.

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Post by Shadiid » 06 Jul 2019, 01:00

Wow , discrimination and prejudice are serious and immense themes that it's hard to teach children. I'd like to congratulate the author for his/her ability to make such themes easy for children to understand.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 06 Jul 2019, 08:13

It's often said that children are like sponges, they absorb whatever they are taught. I think the book will be a great resource to teach children love and acceptance of all without prejudice.

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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Jul 2019, 10:13

I don't think this book is for me, and I'm not of the age for it. Still, it's great that there's a book that fights discrimination. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Ellylion » 07 Jul 2019, 15:01

Sounds like a book extremely needed to explain kids all the difficult questions mentioned above. Beautiful illustrations are an additional plus. Congrats to the author and thanks for a great review!

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Post by Nisha Ward » 07 Jul 2019, 15:31

A recent look at the world of children's books showed that animals and robots had more representation than diverse kids. That this book aims to look at a wide range of characters who don't fall under the accepted literary norm is encouraging, even if it's out of my age range. Thanks!
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Post by Charlie19 » 09 Jul 2019, 00:08

This is perfect for my kids..I want them to read this material..Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Wyland » 09 Jul 2019, 07:46

Wow, I like the inclusivity of characters this book has. It's even great its a children's book who know no bounds. Thanks for the interesting review.

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Post by LinaMueller » 09 Jul 2019, 07:52

kandscreeley wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2019, 10:13
I don't think this book is for me, and I'm not of the age for it. Still, it's great that there's a book that fights discrimination. Thanks for the review.
Indeed. I'll take a look into it, anyway. The book seems nice and educative.

Thanks for the review, Nivi Gideon.
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That I my thoughts may dim;
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I may remember him!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:05

Shadiid wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2019, 01:00
Wow , discrimination and prejudice are serious and immense themes that it's hard to teach children. I'd like to congratulate the author for his/her ability to make such themes easy for children to understand.
I agree:)

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:06

Michelle Fred wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2019, 08:13
It's often said that children are like sponges, they absorb whatever they are taught. I think the book will be a great resource to teach children love and acceptance of all without prejudice.
Indeed! Thank you for your comment!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:06

LinaMueller wrote: ↑
09 Jul 2019, 07:52
kandscreeley wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2019, 10:13
I don't think this book is for me, and I'm not of the age for it. Still, it's great that there's a book that fights discrimination. Thanks for the review.
Indeed. I'll take a look into it, anyway. The book seems nice and educative.

Thanks for the review, Nivi Gideon.
Thank you for your kind words!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:07

Wyland wrote: ↑
09 Jul 2019, 07:46
Wow, I like the inclusivity of characters this book has. It's even great its a children's book who know no bounds. Thanks for the interesting review.
Thank you for your comment!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:08

Nisha Ward wrote: ↑
07 Jul 2019, 15:31
A recent look at the world of children's books showed that animals and robots had more representation than diverse kids. That this book aims to look at a wide range of characters who don't fall under the accepted literary norm is encouraging, even if it's out of my age range. Thanks!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 09 Jul 2019, 23:10

Ellylion wrote: ↑
07 Jul 2019, 15:01
Sounds like a book extremely needed to explain kids all the difficult questions mentioned above. Beautiful illustrations are an additional plus. Congrats to the author and thanks for a great review!
Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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