Sparkle the Elf

A Story About Confidence

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2017
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

We are our own worst critics. How often have we heard that phrase? And yet it is so true. It’s hard not to find fault with ourselves, to overcome whatever deficiencies we believe we have. For example, Sparkle has a problem with her size. She’s an elf; she was born small, very small, even for an elf. Surrounded by her family, all big and successful elves, Sparkle feels insignificant. Basically, she feels like she just doesn’t measure up (no pun intended) as an elf. She decides to prove herself by sewing a new outfit for herself. She works hard for days and is quite satisfied with the finished outfit, but it’s not the outfit that finally makes her feel good about herself and makes her live up to her name, makes her sparkle. It’s a chance encounter at the pond and some sage advice: “Know that the sparkle comes from inside you.”

Lisa Beere’s picture book story, Sparkle the Elf, is a clever way to present a very strong message, not just to young people, but people of all ages. Complete with exquisite illustrations by Kae Richardson, this book will charm readers of all ages, as the story about Sparkle really does sparkle. Just like Sparkle the elf, we all need to see the good within us and be content with who and what we are. Sometimes it takes the sage wisdom of a stranger to point out what we should already know; that we really are beautiful both inside and out, and our true beauty comes from deep within us. Wonderful story. A simple message with a very powerful punch. Well done!