A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Story shares the importance of being respectful to everyone and making an effort to pronounce their name correctly. Lot of diverse names, and their origins, are shared in a glossary at the end of the book.
Everyone's name is a beautiful song with important meaning. Always ask how to pronounce someone's name so you can make them feeling special and important. You have to use your voice to communicate with people if you don't like the way you've been treated. Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
Positive Role Models
Kora-Jalimuso displays courage and great communication skills when she uses her voice to tell her classmates that all names are a melodic song. She was also honest about her emotions when she shared how she felt with her mom. Her mom uses caring words and clear communication to make her feel important and teach her about the beauty of everyone's names.
The book celebrates the musicality of names from different cultures: Black-American, African, Asian, Latino, and Middle Eastern. Characters are different ages, races, religions, and skin tones -- with various abilities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Name Is a Song is a beautiful picture book for young readers about the beauty of everyone's name. Written by praised author, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy's Khimar) and illustrated by Luisa Uribe, the book covers the crucial topic of showing everyone respect by correctly pronouncing their name. The book's melodic celebration of diversity is outstanding, and it's soft, pastel illustrations are captivating. Themes of the book include diversity, the importance of communication, having courage, and leading with kindness.
Is It Any Good?
This is a must-read book that will leave readers feeing warm and uplifted. Your Name Is a Song allows every little boy and girl who has a big name with a beautiful history, to be seen and understood. The book empowers everyone to take ownership over their name and recognize its special musical qualities, while also remembering to show others the same respect. The illustrations are magnificent and really capture the characters' emotions. The welcome message is that your name is your story and your unique song, and it's important to honor that.
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