Reading to your children is beneficial on so many levels - it's a special way to spend time together, it's a great way to encourage their interest in learning to read, and it's an awesome opportunity for you to help them develop their early reading skills! And when you find the right book, there can be even more educational and developmental benefits. You can utilize books to help teach your children about history, culture, and moral social skills.
I was recently sent a copy of the newest Rosie the Hippo book, Positively Different, and was really blown away. I'm so used to reading my young children short little board books with cute but superficial meaningless stories. But this one was different, Positively Different to be exact! Ha, see what I did there!?
Rosie and Friends Positively Different, written by Helen C. Hipp, features beautiful illustrations (by Taryn Cozzy) that will intrigue young children, with an interesting story and beautiful message that will have a deep impact on readers, young and old!
In this book, we meet our heroin, Rosie, a pink hippo who exudes confidence and celebrates being different on the inside and out. We are introduced to many of Rosie's animal friends, who are all unique in their own ways. But the ostrich is very shy and doesn't like being noticed, asking "But when you are noticed and seen as different, how do you get others to see you the way you see yourself?" Through the help of a slightly narcissistic zebra, she realizes how others see you depends mostly on how you see yourself. And just like that, she chooses to see herself differently, uniquely different from any other bird. Exotic even! Shy no more!
The message in Positively Different is clear and wonderful: be yourself and be proud of who you are. Celebrate yourself and what makes you unique. What kind of boring world would it be if everyone was the same?! It's a great book not just for children who are self-conscious about something, but for all children to be build self-confidence and more understanding and acceptance of others.
You can purchase a paperback copy of Positively Different for $11.99 on Amazon (affiliate link), as well as Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Audible. You can also WIN ONE in my $350 value 8-product Unique Gift Guide & Giveaway running through December 12!!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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