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Her Body Can

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sweet body-positive book encourages body- and self-love.

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This charming book shows young readers the beauty, power, and wisdom of all bodies, especially young bodies that enjoy just about everything from running races to hamming it up for the camera. Her Body Can is a heartfelt ode to body- and self-love. With rhyming text and affirmation-like phrases, it's a pleasure to read aloud and will engage even the youngest readers. The illustrations in soft, soothing hues, reflect the text and also portray the girl's indominable confidence and zest for life.

Some adults may cringe at one unfortunate illustrated spread, where the little girl (who presents as white) is dreaming of traveling the world one day, including to Tokyo, where she imagines herself dressed up in a silk kimono and in full make-up like a Geisha. Aside from this moment, this book is a wonderful way to start early conversations with kids about how to respect, love, and honor one's body.

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