A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Uses some advanced vocabulary like "colossal" and "enormous" along with other synonyms, though the words aren't directly defined.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Embrace what makes you unique.
Positive Role Models
Betty learns to embrace who she is -- a busybody. Betty and Mae work together to create a business idea.
It could be inferred that Betty's busyness is actually ADHD. There are images of ethnically diverse characters, however they don't play a role in the story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Busy Betty is the first picture book released by Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. The book features a dynamic young girl named Betty, who's a busy-body. Some kids, especially those diagnosed with ADHD, may be able to relate to her ever-changing thoughts and her need to constantly be moving. Themes about teamwork and self-love are revealed through the creative efforts of two young girls.
Is It Any Good?
Reese Witherspoon's picture book debut introduces an endearing character. Busy Betty, with its bubbly illustrations by Xindi Yan and positive messages, is a fun read for the whole family. Kids will appreciate Betty's busyness and messiness. Parents will appreciate the introduction to starting a business and the themes about friendship. Parents should be ready to read in their best Busy Betty voice, as the majority of the book is told through Betty's thoughts and words.
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