Is It The Way You Giggle?
Nicola Connelly and Annie White
New Frontier Publishing
What a wonderful celebration of children, difference and the way the former demonstrate their individuality.
Using a series of questions that centre on four children in a family, Nicola Connelly draws attention to the myriad possibilities that could make each one of us unique: be that eye colour, skin colour, freckles, chin or nose shape; might it be the size of our ears or feet, or our front teeth?
Perhaps it’s our way of jumping super high, our love of dance or singing;
a beaming smile; a particular giggle or wiggle.
We might be good at maths, have an artistic bent, a storytelling prowess,
a particular penchant for some kind of sport,
perform amazing athletic moves, have a bibliographic trait,
exude creativity, or enjoy quiet moments with mini-beasts
No matter what, the author’s bouncing words coupled with Annie White’s exuberant, joyful, slightly whimsical watercolours, are enormously upbeat.
This book cannot fail to make you smile; is a great read aloud and has wonderful performance possibilities.
Let’s hear it for individual specialness.