A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Glossary of Bengali terms and culture. Postivie examples of clear communication in a family.
Love who you are on the inside and the gifts you bring to the world.
Positive Role Models
Zubi's family members are loving, open, and show how much they care about one another.
Main character Zubi's Bangladeshi family is the center of a positive, well-rounded story with themes common across cultures. Body size is talked about openly and celebrated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nabela Noor's colorful picture book Beautifully Me shares a message of kindness and of celebrating -- not just tolerating -- body size from a young girl's Bangladeshi family. Young Zubi sees and hears people being unhappy with weight in the same ways that young readers have probably heard countless times, and that message sinks in. Her family responds with kindness and a clear honesty that's easy for kids to understand, and the colorful images bring the joyful family to life. There's a Bengali glossary at the end and lots of cultural details throughout the story.
Is It Any Good?
The delicate issue of body image becomes a wonderful focus on kindness, expressed in lovely, plain language easy for young readers to understand. Beautifully Me takes an issue that's often difficult to talk about honestly and turns it into a positive conversation, augmented by artist Nabi's colorful, expressive illustrations. What's lovely is how Zubi's family responds: full of kindness and an awareness of how their words impact others, and a clear message that beauty is found in how we make other people feel and the things we do as we move through the world together.
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