Reviewed by Diane Wilkinson
This book is a delightful tale of caution about being careful what you wish for, and seems to be aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 10. Its engaging rhyming text introduces us to four minibeasts who think themselves plain and uninteresting and wish to be more like the seemingly prettier insects they see. Enter Miss Stick who grants their wishes only to have them decide that they were better off as they were before.
The moral of the tale is a positive one for all children – everyone has their own talents and personality which is unique and special no matter what you look like, and just being yourself is enough. The story flows nicely, and also introduces children to some interesting vocabulary. Younger children will love just listening to the rhythm of the story being read aloud, whilst for older children it acts as a spark for discussion about the thoughts and feelings of the creatures and how that may relate to their own perceptions of self-worth and what that means.
It’s a great book to have at home and I would hope it would also be used in schools for PHSE education purposes. My own daughter, who is 8, enjoyed it immensely and it will certainly be read again and again in our house!
I would definitely recommend this book, especially to parents of children who are anxious or lacking in confidence about their appearance or abilities.
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