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You Matter (2020)

by Christian Robinson

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In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored-from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they're feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.… (more)
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beautiful - story and illustrations. ( )
  katielibrarian | Feb 8, 2022 |
"Employing a cast of diverse children reminiscent of that depicted in Another (2019), Robinson shows that every living entity has value.

After opening endpapers that depict an aerial view of a busy playground, the perspective shifts to a black child, ponytails tied with beaded elastics, peering into a microscope. So begins an exercise in perspective. From those bits of green life under the lens readers move to “Those who swim with the tide / and those who don’t.” They observe a “pest”—a mosquito biting a dinosaur, a “really gassy” planet, and a dog whose walker—a child in a pink hijab—has lost hold of the leash. Periodically, the examples are validated with the titular refrain. Textured paint strokes and collage elements contrast with uncluttered backgrounds that move from white to black to white. The black pages in the middle portion foreground scenes in space, including a black astronaut viewing Earth; the astronaut is holding an image of another black youngster who appears on the next spread flying a toy rocket and looking lonely. There are many such visual connections, creating emotional interest and invitations for conversation. The story’s conclusion spins full circle, repeating opening sentences with new scenarios. From the microscopic to the cosmic, word and image illuminate the message without a whiff of didacticism.

Whimsy, intelligence, and a subtle narrative thread make this rise to the top of a growing list of self-love titles. (Picture book. 4-7)" www.kirkusreviews.com, A Kirkus Starred Review
  CDJLibrary | Jan 28, 2022 |
This book can be used in any classroom at any age.

This book talks about how we are all different and all unique and yet, we all live on the same earth. This is a good book to talk about acceptance of all people and how we can be kind to others. This can be really beneficial to students to show a wide variety of other cultures and other people in the world. ( )
  cbrown19 | Mar 7, 2021 |
gentle, small and pesky, you matter ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 2, 2020 |
When was it decided that most modern picture books will now be inspirational tracts written by Stuart Smalley? Whatever happened to embedding such sentiments in a humorous story about interesting characters?

I did get a chuckle out of the unexpected asteroid strike of doom. ( )
  villemezbrown | Nov 24, 2020 |
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For anyone who isn't sure if they matter. You do.
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The small stuff too small to see.
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In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored-from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they're feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

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