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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Hayley's Courage by Linda M. Steiner is the story of Hayley, a young girl who has a birthmark on her face. Her parents teach her that she is special and Hayley is quite a remarkable girl who doesn't let other people's words bring her down. She has a very good way of dealing with other people, and when kids look at her in a strange way, she talks to them and explains her birthmark and that it does not turn her into a bad person. The beauty of her character shines through when a boy in her class develops a bad rash on his face after wearing some make-up for Halloween. While the other kids make fun of him, Hayley is the only one who plays with him, which then also encourages the other kids to rethink their behaviour.
While Hayley's Courage is a very lovely story, the reality of kids and also older people who are different often is not as nice as in the story. But I think that stories like Hayley's Courage can go a long way to improve this situation if read by more people. It is the kind of story that does not point the finger at other people's behaviour in a condemning way, but shows how one little girl's different attitude can make all the difference. Hayley shows people how to behave the right way by SHOWING them, not by just talking about it, and this often works a lot better. I found the story very nice and enjoyed reading it.