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Introduces the idea of controlling nightmares.
Have empathy for those who are anxious or scared; many people are navigating difficult situations.
Positive Role Models
Skeletina helps people resolve their worries and is helped by the caring spirits that share her world.
Reflects ideas of el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Mexican culture.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Susie Jaramillo's delightfully illustrated Skeletina and the In-Between World focuses on the empathy of a girl who helps children face anxieties in their dreams, and gives them a place to connect with people who have died. The adult spirits who live in this in-between world wrap Skeletina and her visitors in a blanket of kindness and gentle care. The illustrations are the highlight of the book, matching the friendly, kind, otherworldly spirit of el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in all the best ways. The book is also available in a Spanish language edition as Skeletina y el Entremundo.
Is It Any Good?
This picture book's engaging, energetic, illustrations draw in young readers with kindness and empathy, and easily convey to young readers the complex idea of an in-between world. Skeletina and the In-Between World is a wonderful way to start conversations about managing anxiety, missing people we care about, and other things that weigh on young kids' minds. The story is a bit meandering, but the messages of courage, love, and the power of our own thoughts come through with clarity.
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