Blog by Zeke Rothschild-Checroune
Book Reviewed: “Love to Be Me!”
Story by Sarah Kraftchuk
Ilustrated by Sari Richter
‘Love to be Me!’ is a heart filled book for young children. Its values are strong and teach people about loving our differences rather than trying to fill a mould.
Whether you’re walking through the world in sneakers, barefoot, crutches, boots, or a wheelchair, we all have our own differences. We should be proud of our unique qualities and love ourselves for who we are. We each have our own body with individualized qualities, and just because we may not have the same body as our neighbour, it doesn’t mean that we lack the ability to feel, laugh, imagine, express ourselves, discover, leave a mark, embrace, dance, see, move, and love.
This book is beautifully illustrated with watercolours. The images represent tolerance and acceptance of people regardless of race, age, ability, and cultural backgrounds.
Take your time reading this book with a young one, because he or she will definitely ask you questions about the various images throughout this book. Use ‘Love to be Me!’ as a learning tool for young children and teach them that “making the world a kinder place starts with being kind to yourself.”
‘Love to be Me!’ makes me feel a little fuzzy inside and I find pleasure reading it to kids because I enjoy hearing the message for myself. It is important for people to feel comfortable in their own skin, and this book will send a clear message to your child(ren) that they deserve to be recognized for who they are.
If you’d like to get your hands on this book you can drop by the Family Care Office and borrow it from our library or it can be purchased at www.lovetobeme.ca, by calling 416-319-3331, or by emailing the self-published author (a 2012 OISE graduate) at firstname.lastname@example.org.