3 out of 4 stars
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Thank You, Me by Ellie Oop is a children’s picture book about the wonders of the body. Our bodies do so much for us every single day. This book teaches kids about appreciating everything that each of our body parts does for us. Do you appreciate your body the way that you should? You will after reading this book.
I liked the tone of this book. It was all about appreciating the little things that our bodies can do for us. Being able to see and being able to hear are actions that we might take for granted. However, this book looks at these actions from a different perspective. Each page thanks the body part involved for doing its job. This is such a great message for children.
The illustrations fit well with the text of the book. Each page of text is accompanied by a picture in which the main character is showing appreciation to her body. These pictures are created in soft, pastel colors. Most children’s books have very bright and vibrant colors in the illustrations, so I enjoyed this change.
I was disappointed with the editing of this book. There is a question mark missing on every page. While this isn’t a huge deal, it’s a lot of errors in a short children’s book. Children’s books need to be professionally edited because of the impressionable audience that they are intended for.
Other than the editing, the only other issue I have with the book is the word used at the beginning of each page to introduce the body part that is being appreciated. Words such as squeezers, tootles, and stubbles are used. While some people might enjoy the unique vocabulary, I didn’t like the use of these words. I sometimes had a difficult time connecting them to the part that was talked about, and it would be hard to explain them to children.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. The message is amazing, and the pictures went well with the rest of the book. The only issues were the editing and the words at the beginning of each page. I only took off one star for these issues, and it was mostly due to the editing. Even with the errors, I would still recommend this book to anyone with children and anyone who works with children. I would suggest reading it out loud to them and talking about how we should appreciate our bodies. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that would be bothered by the issues that I mentioned before.
Thank You, Me
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