Sunday, February 21, 2010
Masterpiece Creation by Timberly Robinson is her attempt at empowering young girls, to give them higher self-esteem and to love themselves for who they are. She has even dedicated it to her Girl Scout Troop in Detroit, MI.
Young girls are prone to questioning why they are so different from their friends. They are rarely happy with how they look, and wish that they had various features that belong to their friends and peers. Robinson's message to them is simple: God made everyone different on purpose, and loves you more for your differences. If you were exactly the same as all of your friends, you wouldn't be you!
This message is one that we have been trying to get across to our girls for hundreds of years. Robinson decides to take it from a religious point-of-view, and by likening each one of us to a masterpiece painting. Each feature was very carefully determined and placed, to make us unique and special. She also compares each girl to a beautiful diamond ring, that is cherished and cared for.
There are a few illustrations, and they are of the expected rainbows and smiling girls variety. They do fit the text and message quite well. I think that the text could have been organized a bit differently, to better fit the accompanying text, or perhaps broken up a bit more.
This book will work well one-on-one with younger elementary girls, to start laying the foundation for self-esteem. Perhaps even kindergartners will enjoy hearing the story in a small group or one-on-one setting. For older children, it could be used as a teaching tool, or a springboard for discussions in small groups in a religious setting.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purposes of reviewing.