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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
The development of a positive identity is fundamental to the growth of children. We live in a society that continues to learn to live together, while diversity among individuals is increasingly apparent. Happy Within/Feliz Por Dentro: A Diverse Bilingual Children's Book in English and Portuguese (Brazilian) explores a set of ideas that reinforce cultural diversity. It also stimulates learning and knowledge of other languages. This English-Portuguese book will increase the social skills of its young readers. The stage where children begin to read books is important because this is when they acquire basic knowledge for later life. The book seeks to expand cultural understanding and promotes learning other languages. Marisa J Taylor’s work fosters worthy social attitudes such as empathy, teamwork, respect, and coexistence.
I think that this bilingual book is a marvelous idea. The younger a person is, the faster they can assimilate a new language, so don’t miss the opportunity to share this kind of book with children. I also liked the illustrations because they use bright colors and embody love. Happy Within/Feliz Por Dentro explains that we all have different tastes and abilities. The book not only encourages self-love but also invites us to respect others, showing that living with different people is enjoyable. By motivating their sense of empathy, Marisa J Taylor is strengthening the emotional intelligence of readers, while at the same time trying to establish intercultural ties which will open a world of possibility for children.