"This book focuses on the protagonist Macie's perceptions of herself. She starts off as a secure, confident young girl until she meets a girl named Penelope who makes her start doubting her beauty. Using a mirror was a helpful way for the illustrator/author to get students to start thinking about the ways they perceive themselves.
Self-love is important and this book will help motivate little girls to feel good about themselves." - Josiah Quincy Upper School
Good enough was never good enough for Macie.
She wanted to be the best.
Until the day Macie took a look in the mirror and learned a very important lesson . . .
A story about self-respect and confidence, for not-so-perfect kids ages 4 years and up.
- Guided Reading Level I
"Macie is a girl, who wants to be the very, very best. Things get tough when a new girl starts at her school. She talks to her mirror and to her dad and the story shows that as long as you love yourself, things are just fine!
The illustrations were quite lovely and the story covers the kind of things I want my daughters to know now at a young age. Very well done" - Lioness of Literacy
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About the Author
Gertie Jaquet was born in Egmond aan Zee. Now she lives and works in Amsterdam where she shares a studio space under the railway with colleagues. Gertie illustrates children’s books, picture books and magazines, and she illustrated for the famous Dutch TV-program Sesame Street. Best known are the books about Hare. She also made a musical puppet show about it, named Carrot Cake, together with author Annemarie Bon. Gertie usually works with brushstrokes, pastels and colored pencils, but she also often uses stamps she cuts herself. She wrote the book Stempelen! about this passion.
As a Mental Health Counselor who also recently became a father to a daughter, I was concerned at the way certain messages in pop culture were causing competition amongst people, particularly with women. I had an 11-year-old patient who was struggling with body image dysmorphia that inspired me to tackle the message of being okay with one’s own image.
As social media continues to dig it’s claws into our current day activities, I felt like going against the grain to challenge certain messages (you’re not pretty enough, you’re not smart enough, etc.) that could be given to children. I want them to have the strength to identify and charge against these negative messages and stand firmly within themselves, content and goal-driven.