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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite
Rooty the Rutabaga: A Story About Vegetables, Inclusion and Seeing the Sunny Side of Life by Steven Megson follows the adventures of a fun-loving group of vegetables in their garden who love to play in the sun. Everyone likes spending time together, laughing and enjoying games, except for one vegetable who is left all alone in the dark part of the garden. Rooty the Rutabaga has been sitting all by himself, wondering what on earth all the noise coming from the other side is about. When two peppers happen to wander into the dark part of the garden, Rooty is finally invited to see what it’s like being on their side.
Rooty the Rutabaga by Steven Megson is a wonderful children’s book that showcases how being friendly and inclusive can change someone’s perception and life. Rooty never considered leaving his part of the garden, so he never knew what was possible until the peppers included him in their fun. Only then did he see how different it was being with everyone else. I think this book would set a good example for young children to be kind and always include others in their playtime, which would allow everyone to have a good time together. This book has an important message for young children and is beautifully presented with colorful illustrations by Andy Yura. I would highly recommend this book to any parent with young kids.