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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The sun could not shine that day and the clouds rolled in and hid the sun. The tide couldn't rise that day and so the moon fell back. The branch could not bend and the wind held its breath so that the branch could stand straight. The rain fell steadily and the flame could not spark. The soil wanted to take a break and did not want to grow so the roots dug deep. One of the flowers could not bloom but the rest of them blossomed. I Shine by Jamie Bullus is a good reminder that everyone shines, rises, bends, ignites, grows, and blooms whenever it is possible.
I Shine by Jamie Bullus conveys a beautiful message to young readers in a unique way. The illustrations are colorful and bright and captivating to readers. The affirmations of shining, rising, bending, sparking, growing, and blooming have been described in such a wonderful way that it will be easy for children to understand and also realize how important it is for nature to take breaks once in a while. It is a good book for tutors as well as parents to use for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and homes. Books like this are simple and easy to help children understand positive messages and concepts. I like the manner in which the author has tackled the topic and made it palpable in an entertaining, engaging, and colorful way.