There are some life lessons that are difficult to teach. One of them is that it’s perfectly fine to be “average” or “normal”. It’s impossible to be the best in everything you do, instead you need to focus on being “your best”. You aren’t always going to be the star athlete, musician or student, instead focus on being yourself and that’s when you become a star! “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is a story that helps illustrate that being yourself is always the best choice.
“Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is the story of Nina, a girl who sees herself as ordinary. She wants her playmates to notice her for being extra-ordinary. Nina is granted three wishes when stumbles on a strange magic box outsider her home and meets the genie inside. Nina knows exactly what her three wishes will be and there is nothing “normal” about them! What happens to Nina when her wishes come true?
Written by Ian Sadler, “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” teaches children that they can be special by just being their “normal” selves. We all dream of having an amazing talent that sets us apart from others, but what we often miss is the little everyday things that make us special. Maybe it’s the way you can make some laugh or the way that you can cheer someone up with a hug. You don’t have to do something “extra-ordinary” you just need to be “you” and that is enough to make you special.
After reading the story is a great time to talk to your children about how they see themselves versus how others see them. We are often very critical of ourselves, seeing imperfections that others never even notice. Nina is concerned that her friends think her lame and that drives her to try to be someone different.
This is also a great time to talk to your children about being happy where they are in life. We can wish for things to be different, but different can have some unexpected outcomes!
The back of the book has some group and individual activities that you can do with your children. I love these activities as they help me to discover new ways to explore the book with my children.
The story is written in rhyme and uses simple words and phrases that will attract young readers. Each page is accompanied by colourful illustrations that capture the imagination of little minds.
“Normal Nina and the Magic Box” is a wonderful story that shows us that being extra-ordinary can be fun and exciting, but being your “normal” self is amazing too. It shows us that you don’t have to be different to be special to your family, friends or yourself!
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Normal Nina and the Magic Box” in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.