Have you ever wished to be someone else? In today’s world of social media it seems that everyone is putting their “best self” forward. It’s all to easy to become jealous and wish to be someone else…even if it’s just for a little while! We have to step back and remember that we are exactly who we need to be!
“The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird” by Anne Toole, is the story of a little bird who doesn’t want to be a bird. He dreams of being something else…anything but a bird. Little bird goes off on a journey to find out exactly what kind of animal he would rather be. Which animal will he choose?
“The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird” has an important message for us all about self acceptance. It’s all to easy to believe that being someone else would make us happier. As little bird explores the world about him, he soon learns that all those things he once thought so wonderful about everyone else just weren’t the things that would make him happy. Just like little bird, we need to look closely about the things we “think” we need to be happy. What makes someone else happy, just might not be the thing that is perfect for us.
The illustrations are adorable, full of bright colours. The text is easily read. The book is written in rhyme but I did find that some of the “rhymes” just didn’t work when I read the story aloud to the kids.
The kids and I started a conversation about the things we love and the things that we don’t like so much about ourselves. We talked about what to do about those things that we really dislike ourselves. Are they things we can change? How do we work towards changing while still loving ourselves for who we are? We discovered that some of the things we think are our faults are those very things that someone else loves about us.
“The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird” is a great story for children of all ages about loving ourselves. For more information on this book check out Outskirts Press.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.