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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Proof: Am I Your Favorite? by Gretchen Kadillak is a 40-page-long children’s rhyming tale about a mom and three kids who all want to know which kid is their mother’s favorite. We see colorful pictures of the mother teasing them with questions about who should be the favorite of all. Their anticipation grows wild until she gives her answer at the end. The author has hit on one of the questions that children do ask while growing up in families and, sad to say, some parents do have favorites and only help cause strife and division within families. I even remember us kids talking about our grandmother who, privately, told each of us we were her favorite. Fortunately, she had no real strings to pull so it made no difference to us, and we laughed it off. But for children, it is essential they know they are loved, and from no less than the adults they grow up with.
Gretchen Kadillak uses rhymes and colorful illustrations to put a light-hearted touch on this question that is so important to kids. Am I loved? Am I special? The target age group is young, perhaps even as early as 3 or 4, and reinforcing something like this early on can help prevent future problems when kids start to wonder. Proof: Am I Your Favorite? by Gretchen Kadillak reveals the value a mother sees in all of her children, emphasizing how special each one is. I can imagine this as a favorite story being read at bedtime, helping to assure children of their worth and the love their parents feel for them. Highly recommended.