About the Author
Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Date of Birth:July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:Rock Springs, Wyoming
Education:High school diploma
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a charming book with colorful illustrations that can both encourage fantastically silly conversations with small children and lead to more meaningful affirmations with older children and adults. I was touched by the letter to the reader in the introduction, which described Parr's own struggle to be himself as a child. "Try new things" is one of the lines in the book, as described in the other review. I happen to like this line, as I have often learned more about myself and who I am by trying new things.
I found this book disingenuous to it's proclaimed purpose. Embracing individuality is important, it's important for a child to feel the courage to do that. However, that's not actually what the book encourages. Parr encourages the reader to try new things. Individuality is something that comes from inside, while trying new things comes about through external introductions, not burning individuality trying to find a way to express itself. I think pretending like these two things are synonomous could be confusing to children as it misleads how to express individuality, as if it can be sussed out through shallow, external experiences and not already intrinsic to a person. It infers individuality can be seeked, and confuses that seeking with expression of individuality. The example of a cat interested in dog food does not show the potential consequences of a cat eating food it's not dietarily designed for, or that it could suffer bowel problems just for switching. Parr attempts to define preference as individuality with this example, but preferance is not individuality. I think he is rather careless with definitions and irresponsibly intertwines them. I think this book could mislead a child's paradigm and could precipitate detrimental behavior down the road. I don't know if people always understand how important it is to be accutely accurate with children, sometimes they think good feelings are enough. Parr means well, but I don't think the whole peice is well thought out.