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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Alena's friends had come over to celebrate her eighth birthday and her mom had taken time to bake a cake and a delicious birthday meal. Alena's friends all looked different; while Emma was short, Olivia was tall, Sofia was dark, Kathleen had light skin, Jessie had freckles, and the rest of her friends were different too. Alena thought her nose was too big for her face and it was out of place. The popular girls in school taunted and teased them and these girls always wished to be more like them. They never realized they too had great qualities inside which they could not see. Mom wondered why these girls complained and she had a plan to make them change their view. What was it? Would the girls be able to understand their uniqueness?
Becoming Beautiful by Tarang Rawat is indeed a beautiful story that stresses the importance of self-acceptance and self-discovery, self-love, and self-appreciation. The author tackles the topic with a unique and whimsical approach which will help children become confident and happy with themselves. The illustrations are as enchanting as the story and the concept. The story is a good way to teach children to realize their uniqueness which makes them beautiful, no matter how they look. Becoming Beautiful by Tarang Rawat is a good story for tutors and parents to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes to encourage children to look at their strengths and positives and appreciate these instead of comparing themselves with others.