A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Word repetition will help emerging readers with sight words.
Reassuring, inspiring words embrace unique strengths, and illustrations show warmth on every page.
Positive Role Models
The narrator has an uplifting message of love and encouragement.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beth Ferry's gentle picture book, We Believe in You, is a warm, uplifting story that celebrates unique gifts through kind words and the colorful softness of Molly Idle's illustrations. Different animal parents tell their young what they love about their family and encourage their babies to dream big. There's a nice amount of word repetition for young readers as an ewe celebrates climbing higher and a sloth celebrates beauty sleep. The layout and phrasing offer many opportunities for parents reading aloud to talk about their families' strengths and kids' dreams.
Is It Any Good?
The soft illustrations are as much a part of the story as the kind animal parents in this lovely read-aloud that's perfectly suited for bedtime (or anytime) snuggles. We Believe in You brings young readers into a world where each animal's trait is celebrated, and builds to an affirming last page. The different values in each animal family offer lots of opportunity for talking about the reader's family and can help the child feel secure and loved at bedtime and other transitions. There's a variety of animals shown here, and word repetition to help with learning sight words.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.