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Book Title: Shine|
The author of the book: Justine Edward
ISBN 13: 9781452575315
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.24 MB
Edition: Balboa Press
Date of issue: June 18th 2013
Read full description of the books Shine:My son (6) and I reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are our thoughts:
I thought the pictures were good. I think the little boy is a good artist for his age. The message in the book is that there is something special about each person. I think this book is good for kids, espcially young kids. I think the pictures are good for kids, but the words are good for everyone. I would give 5 stars for the words and 4 stars for the pictures.
There is something magical about this special little picture book. Shine uses rhyming verses conjuring up beautiful imagery of that special light that shines within each and every individual. These images are captured in the charming hand-drawn pictures provided by 7 year-old Karl Gabriel, who both illustrated Shine as well as provided the inspiration for the author in penning this sweet book.
Shine is all about positive affirmations and self-esteem building in children. Children are encouraged to look within themselves and see the light that guides them when they are feeling discouraged, sad,or frightened and to draw strength from that light. I love this simple concept and I think that even young children can grasp the metaphor of the “light within you” as a source of strength and empowerment. In this respect, I’m reminded of the book, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer who also used a memorable metaphor (for being kind) to teach children a valuable life lesson.
The illustrations are provided by a 7 year-old boy who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My son commented that he didn’t particularly appreciate the pictures in the book. However, that being said, we did spend a lot of time talking about the pictures, talking about what Karl was trying to capture in his pictures, and discussing how the meaning behind the text actually fits with the pictures. At the end of the day, the text and illustrations stimulated a lively discussion and provided an opportunity to discuss many issues including self-esteem and identifying things about yourself that make you unique or special; and we also discussed what life may be like for children diagnosed with Autism and their families.
My Bottom Line:
Shine moved me – it is a heartwarming picture book focused on developing self-esteem and empowering children and it is sweetly illustrated by a special little boy. I think this would be a great book to read and discuss with children at home, preschool, kindergarten, or at library reading time. I recommend it for children aged 2+.
* I received a copy of this book free-of-charge by the author in exchange for our honest opinions. *
Read information about the authorJustine Edward is a mother of three and an educator with over a decade of experience. Her passion is to see every child reach their potential.
'Shine' is her first children's book. Published by Balboa Press and available as an e-book and in softcover. She is already working on other children's books which she hopes to release in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Justine lives in the land of eternal sunshine. She has a soft spot for chocolate (actually many soft spots for chocolate), beautiful books and the beach. She believes you only have one life- so you had better live it!
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"Thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little better. I always love getting questions and feedback about my books so feel free to contact me." Justine Edward
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