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Reviewed by Rylanne Burdette for Readers' Favorite
In Ezra’s Invisible Backpack by Dina Rock and Hannah Cohen, Ezra is an overall happy kid, but sometimes he gets scared and anxious about talking to other people at school. At home, he loves talking with his family, but he struggles to join conversations among groups of people and in the lunchroom. When his teacher talks to his class one day about how everyone has their own invisible backpacks, often holding bricks that weigh them down, Ezra realizes that he has several bricks in his backpack. As he looks around, though, Ezra doesn’t believe that anyone else has bricks because they all seem so happy. Sitting by himself on a bench outside, a girl from his class sits down next to him, and they end up talking to each other about their invisible bricks.
I thought Ezra's Invisible Backpack was an amazing read that stirred my heart, even as an adult. It’s easy for us to be so focused on ourselves amid our busy lives that we often can’t see or don’t take the time to notice when other people have burdens. Ezra is a relatable character for children in a wide age range, as many kids struggle and go through the same thing Ezra does in his story. The illustrations were wonderful, and I liked scrolling through each page. Ezra’s Invisible Backpack by Dina Rock and Hannah Cohen is an important book that can be a helpful tool for children. I would recommend it to all young families; it is a resource that merits some great discussion upon reading it.