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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite
Oftentimes, children, and even adults, feel left out and different from their peers. A Rare Gem by Deanna Kahler shows that even princesses feel this way. Nine-year-old Princess Towonga has lovely golden hair and pretty blue eyes, and she has lots of friends. However, she sometimes feels sad because she is so tiny. Being the size of a Barbie doll, she can’t exactly do the same things as the other kids, such as play soccer or jump rope. One day, her parents, the king and queen, need her to do a special job that only she can do. She soon realizes that everyone is special in their own way.
What I loved most about this book is that the story is told by Princess Towonga herself and she is talking directly to her readers, children. For example, “Even though I’m a princess, I’m also a regular kid just like you.” This will definitely make kids feel included and make it possible for them to relate to the princess. Kids will instantly feel connected to her. And they will also learn a very important lesson: it’s okay to be different; in fact, it’s awesome to be different! No two people are alike. We each have our own talents and abilities and we are all equally special in our own way. Deanna Kahler does an excellent job of incorporating this message into a story that kids will absolutely love. A Rare Gem is a cute story with an even deeper meaning and has beautiful illustrations. Children will really enjoy it; I know mine will.