This is so sweet, and I love the illustrations. Diana is drawn with so much character and personality that she stands out in every panel.
From a simple perspective, this picture book is a story about being yourself, learning your own strengths, and finding your place in the world.
From a teacher perspective, this story is about how unique children are, and how they relate to the world and learn in many different ways. Diana has kinesthetic intelligence (also called body intelligence). People with kinesthetic intelligence are skilled at using their body to convey feelings and ideas. All of the adults in Diana’s life thought something was wrong with her, due to her her lack of attention, struggles to learn, and constant case of wiggles. They didn’t even consider that her brain works differently, and that focusing on her strengths and interests would make her strong in other areas of her life.
This story highlights how letting people be themselves is so much better than trying to force them to fit society’s mold. On that level, this book has a lot to say, and it does it in a simple and charming way.
I’m also a fan of the diversity represented in the illustrations, especially in the different body styles. Healthy body image in picture books is a great place to start.
This picture book will be published on March 12, 2019. For libraries, this would be great for storytime sessions tied to music and movement, and you’ll get the bonus of positive body image and the introduction of different learning styles, which is good for both your early learners to see and their parents/caregivers.