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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A beautifully lyrical and inspirational picture book about being present and loving who you are, from Jessica Olien, the author/illustrator of Adrift, The Blobfish Book, and Shark Detective.

What are you?

You’re big and small and loud and quiet. You are right now. And you are perfect.

A touching ode to the importance of individuality, respect, and self-love, just right for fa
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
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Erika L.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book teaches kids that they can be whatever they want to be, and that they are perfect just the way that they are. At toddler storytime, we pretended to be some of the things mentioned in the book: tall trees, roaring lions, purring cats, and more! We also did silly dances, yawned, and sighed together. This book was easily interactive for the children, and it kept them engaged the whole time. I love the line: "You are a big puddle, and sometimes people will go around you like th ...more
Mary Ann
I appreciate the message and diversity, but I wonder if the digital artwork makes it feel flat and less individual. I’m frustrated that the girl on the title page looking in the mirror is white.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is about accepting others and loving others and yourself regardless of any situation in time. The book displays illustrations of a variety of children with different hair textures and skin tones. It conveys a message of no matter what you may look like, where you live, and how you carry yourself, you are you and that is the most genuine person you can and should be at any moment in time.

The overall theme of this book is embracing individuality.

Personally, I really enjoyed the way the
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short, simple, sometimes metaphorical statements about being present make up this book. "You are a spiderweb," "You are big and small and loud and quiet." Children of various skin tones are depicted in a clear and inviting drawing style. Could be used for a variety of ages, skipping pages as necessary for younger children due to length.

Themes: Peace, Mindfulness
Ms Threlkeld
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A sweet, uplifting book that validates and celebrates our individuality.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Celebrating that you are just right all the time
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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Loved this book about living in the moment and being yourself. Great message with limited text.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another example of powerful message and simple text. Lovely and inspirational.
Mary Kate
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cute book with an uplifting message! This would be great to read to a group of young kids.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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"But right now you are here. You are you. And that is perfect." ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Diverse cast. Somewhat philosophical, nice message. You are you and that is perfect.Few words.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, storytime
the pacing is a bit off in places but nice message and diverse illustrations
Edward Sullivan
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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Affirming and inspirational.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lovely book, fun for story time and good for mindfulness.
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