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I Am One: A Book of Action

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Inspiring book celebrates the power of one.

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This timely, compelling book gently encourages young readers to engage in small (or large) actions that inspire change. A loose storyline will help keep children engaged, and they'll root for the sweet kid who sets out to make their world more just, peaceful, and beautiful. The avoidance of gender in text and pictures is strikingly inclusive, and in line with the diverse cast of characters that populate the pages. Author Susan Verde's repetitious sentence structure, which breaks midway into something more flowing and fluid, has a lovely rhythm throughout. Readers will enjoy following the connections between Peter Reynold's lively, bold-colored illustrations. Fans of the series should look for the main characters of the other books who appear as supporting characters in this one.

Some grown-ups might raise an eyebrow at the use of social and political symbols (e.g. tearing down a wall, crossing borders, a tree the color of a rainbow), but I Am One can be a useful tool to talk with young kids about current events and family values. A great read for all the little change-makers of tomorrow.

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