Wow, the first thing I thought when I saw this book was how incredible the illustrations are. They are truly breathtaking and bring you into the story. The bright colors and attention to detail bring the characters to life! You can truly see their personalities through the art.
As the pictures brought me into the story the words opened up a familiar story. A story about me and probably about you. Cassandra is a little girl who just can't seem to make people happy. They keep telling her she is doing things wrong even when she doesn't quite understand why. From things as simple as her peers telling her that her hair is too brown and her eyes are too blue. They make her feel like she is doing something wrong when she has no control over those things.
Cassandra's feelings are so vivid as she is yelled at by her mother, her teacher, even the town mayor. She is struggling to find who she is because of what everyone else is criticizing her for. Luckily for Cassandra, she discovers that she has an angel by her side. This angel helps Cassandra to find her way and embrace who she is. To let her own self shine. Such a wonderful and powerful message to share with our children.
I found this story to be very meaningful for children and for parents. Very often we get caught up in the busyness of our lives, sometimes even snapping at our children to clean their rooms, pick up their toys, change their clothes. This made me stop and think about how my words and my tone could be making them feel. Unappreciated? Misunderstood? Like they are doing something wrong?
This is a wonderful book to share with your children and help them realize how special they are. Everyone can use a lesson on compassion and respect once in awhile, and this is a great way of remembering that.
This book is published by Sterling Publishing and retails at a suggested price of $14.95. It is recommended for ages 5-8, but I can see many more children getting a lot out of this book!