I was honored to have access to a preview copy of this wonderful children's book from Indie Author, Jordan J. Scavone. I was so utterly impressed with this book... the story, the characters, the art... it's a complete package of storytelling mastery.
Let's begin with the illustrations, masterfully drawn by C.N. Zing... they're beautiful. Gentle, simple, warm, and inviting. These are pictures of children and teachers we all know and love... easily. The color pallet compliments the story, reminding us that even difficult topics can be illuminatingly tender.
The best part about this book is Jordan's courage in storytelling. In today's society, it is often times difficult to discuss fragile topics within adult circles, let alone with children. Jordan takes the challenge head on and succeeds beyond measure. He presents the real-world reality of children who understand themselves not as others identify them, but as strong, self-aware individuals with sensitivity and celebration. The characters in this book are multi-generational, and multi-faceted. The layers of truth in the story are astoundingly beautiful precisely because there is no spotlight of "differentness". We understand through Addie, Adam, and Annie that being who we are is valuable and lovable, without limitation or expectation, and without need of emotional segregation
I hope this book finds its way onto the shelves of every reader in America, no matter their age or gender identity. It reminds us of what humanity should strive to be, and how we should emulate our children as they quickly learn to accept and understand.
Highly Recommended! Five Stars!
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