The grass always seems greener on the other side, doesn’t it?
Here is a beautiful, talented, gifted fish who considers herself………gasp, just plain! She wonders about how it might feel to “trade her plainness away” – travel the tides like a turtle, have a long neck like a giraffe, a great big nose like an elephant, and hair like a bear.
Like most of us, she has overlooked her unique talents and gifts. Instead, she is convinced that it must be much more fun to be someone else.
The turtle is a voice of reason following her, acting as a sounding board, telling her constantly to rethink, reminding her that things are not always as glorious as they might seem. Imagine her shock when she realizes that some creature, amazingly presented, who can do many fun things, happens to be HERSELF!
This book reminds me of Shola Ezeokoli’s “You are the best you,” and that famous paragraph by Dr. Seuss, “Today You are You! That is Truer than True! There is no one alive who is You-er Than You.” It’s a great way to teach a child to appreciate just who they are and to learn self-worth.
Danielle Chammas uses a child-friendly voice to teach this crucial life lesson. Her self-created illustrations show the fish inheriting a trunk when talking about the elephant, and a long neck when thinking of the giraffe. She even includes a workspace at the back where the child reader gets to draw a picture of themselves, write neat things about themselves, and then draw a FISH version of themselves. How fun! I highly recommend this book and will be reading it over and over with my children. Click here if you’d like to buy a copy and happy reading!
Author bio: Danielle Chammas is a Del Mar native who practices psychiatry and palliative care in the Bay Area. She is reachable on Twitter at @ChammasDani and has a Facebook Page called Little Feet Press.