Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Janine

Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review - Janine

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About the Book
Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine's class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.

My Take on the Book
I loved this story. It is directed to all our special lovely children who are happy with themselves. We hear today how children are teased and bullied because in some way they may be different. They may be left out of friendships , not invited to parties, or sent unkind messages. 

Janine is a kind , supportive, intelligent, and friendly little girl. She is comfortable with who she is, how she dresses, and how she acts. 

Unfortunately there are children who look at her as being odd and tell her . She is a strong figure in the book and replies in a positive manner that she likes who she is.

I believe this story could open up a discussion about how a child feels about himself/herself. Who are their friends? Does anyone tease you? We need all children to feel comfortable with who they are to to like themselves as individuals.

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